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News on Covid-19 and its impact on health, business and travel worldwide. When there are developments, we will bring you the latest updates. From the Global News Podcast team.

News on Covid-19 and its impact on health, business and travel worldwide. When there are developments, we will bring you the latest updates. From the Global News Podcast team.


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News on Covid-19 and its impact on health, business and travel worldwide. When there are developments, we will bring you the latest updates. From the Global News Podcast team.




North Korea sends in army to cope with Covid surge

State media says North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un strongly criticized healthcare officials for what he called a botched response to epidemic prevention, as cases soar to more than a million. Also China's weakening economy is blamed on lockdowns.


Face mask rules relaxed for EU air travel

Wearing a mask on flights and in airports in Europe will no longer be mandatory. Also: Shanghai gradually eases its lockdown restrictions, and Denmark suspends its general immunisation programme.


North Korea says its covid outbreak is spreading

Kim Jong-Un said it was a "great disaster" for the country. Also: China pulls out as host of the Asian Cup football finals next year, and New Zealand's prime minister tests positive for Covid-19.


The White House says more than a million Americans have now lost their lives to Covid-19

President Biden says the US must remain vigilant against the pandemic. Also: A former British prime minister calls on rich countries to do more to increase funding for global vaccinations, tests and treatments, and North Korea orders a nationwide lockdown to contain a rise in cases.


WHO: True Covid pandemic death toll is 15 million

The World Health Organisation says nearly 15 million people have died because of the coronavirus pandemic since 2020. Also, more cities across China look to ease restrictions as Covid cases fall, and health bosses in England urge hospitals to tempt retired employees back to work.


Huge mass testing programme in Beijing

Chinese capital is looking to avoid the fate of Shanghai, which is under strict lockdown. Also; a planned ban on night-time prayers in mosques in Egypt during Ramadan has been dropped.


China puts several cities in lockdown

China imposes lockdown measures on a whole province amid rising cases. Also, Germany records a seven day high of infections, and Britain decides to remove all travel restrictions later this week.


Covid-19 pandemic anniversary

Also: New data indicates the total number of deaths may be three times higher than records show; what lessons have we learnt from this pandemic to help prevent new outbreaks and meeting the scientists developing the vaccines of the future.


Second WHO vaccine hub for poorer countries

Second WHO vaccine hub for poorer countries. Also, South Korea approves Covid jabs to children, and Poland is to remove most of its Covid restrictions from the first of March.


Hong Kong orders compulsory testing for all residents

The territory is also launching a vaccine passport from Thursday. Also; Canada's parliament backs emergency powers for the government, and Queen Elizabeth cancels virtual engagements because of mild Covid symptoms.


Australia re-opens international border

Tourists return to the country for first time since lockdowns were imposed. Also: The UK government sets out plans to scrap all COVID-19 restrictions in England and Novak Djokovic returns to tennis after being prevented from playing at the Australian Open for refusing to be vaccinated.


Queen Elizabeth tests positive for Covid

Buckingham Palace says she's experiencing 'mild cold-like symptoms'. Also: England is set to drop the legal requirement for people to self-isolate, and the streets around the parliament building in the Canadian capital are finally quiet after weeks of protests.


Canadian police say they're in control of the truckers protest

Vehicles have been towed away and demonstrators handcuffed. Also: plans for mass testing in Hong Kong, and restaurants and shops in Switzerland are hoping for more customers after almost all restrictions were lifted.


Six African nations to get mRNA vaccine technology

The countries should be able to replicate Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna jabs. Also, Hong Kong struggles with a surge in cases; and Japan lifts tough border restrictions.


Chinese police search for possibly infected migrants

A reward is offered for three people after cases were discovered among their group. Also, Germany, Israel and the Netherlands press ahead with easing restrictions, and nightclubbers in France may have sore heads this morning after discos reopen.


China piles pressure on Hong Kong's Covid response

The Chinese President Xi Jinping has urged Hong Kong to take "all necessary measures" to curb the soaring number of cases. Also: Moderna seeks volunteers for its Omicron booster vaccine; and South Korean boy band BTS finally returns to the stage in Seoul.


Novak Djokovic: I will sacrifice trophies if told to get jab

Novak Djokovic has said he would rather miss out on future tennis trophies than be forced to get a Covid vaccine. Speaking exclusively to the BBC, he said he should not be associated with the anti-vax movement, but supported an individual's right to choose.


US-Canada border crossing cleared of protestors

Canadian truckers leave the busiest bridge between the two countries. Also: Hong Kong hospitals overwhelmed after a surge in Covid infections.


Canadian PM warns protesting truckers

Justin Trudeau has said he's not ruling anything out in order to clear border crossing. Also: Police in New Zealand deploy a noisy secret weapon to disperse protesters.


China has given approval for Pfizer's Covid-19 drug

China has for the first time given conditional approval for a foreign-made drug to treat Covid-19, an injunction comes into force in Canada to end Truckers' protests, and a study finds the pandemic caused some Australian health workers to consider suicide