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Hong Kong to cull some 2,000 hamsters and other small mammals following Covid-19 outbreak

Authorities in Hong Kong are seizing a number of hamsters to be euthanised following a Covid outbreak. Crowds gathered outside the Little Boss pet store as the animals were carried away in boxes. Families who have bought a hamster from the store since 22 December have been told to hand over their pet for euthanasia. […]

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Beijing Winter Olympics athletes advised to use burner phones in China

The Beijing Winter Olympics app that all Games attendees must use contains security weaknesses that leave users exposed to data breaches, analysts say. The My2022 app will be used by athletes, audience members and media for daily Covid monitoring. The app will also offer voice chats, file transfers and Olympic news. But cybersecurity group Citizen […]

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‘Omicron is causing hospitalisations and deaths, calling it mild is misleading’: WHO

The head of the World Health Organisation warned world leaders that the coronavirus pandemic “is nowhere near over”. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus cautioned against the assumption that the newly dominant Omicron variant is significantly milder and has eliminated the threat posed by the virus. The intervention comes as some European nations saw record new case […]

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‘It is an encroachment on lives’: US Supreme Court blocks Joe Biden’s workplace vaccine mandate

The US Supreme Court has blocked President Joe Biden’s rule requiring workers at large companies to be vaccinated or masked and tested weekly. The justices at the nation’s highest court said the mandate exceeded the Biden administration’s authority. Separately they ruled that a more limited vaccine mandate could stand for staff at government-funded healthcare facilities. […]

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Boris Johnson faces calls to resign over drinks party during Covid-19 lockdown

Boris Johnson faces calls to resign after he admitted attending a drinks party during lockdown. The prime minister apologised for the way he handled the event in the Downing Street garden in May 2020 and said he understood the public’s “rage” over it. Cabinet members including deputy PM Dominic Raab rallied round Mr Johnson. But […]

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India’s rising coronavirus infections may peak peak next week, experts suggest

Indian cities such as capital New Delhi and Mumbai could peak next week after rising rapidly, experts say, as the country reports the highest number of daily cases since late May. The 247,417 new infections on Thursday were more than 30 times higher daily cases from a month ago, rising as the more transmissible Omicron […]

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China: Doctor charged for treating fever patient at hospital without a fever clinic

A doctor in China’s Zhoukou city has been charged with a crime for allegedly treating a fever patient while working at a hospital without a fever clinic. Patients with possible Covid symptoms in China can only get treatment at specially designated hospitals. The doctor, only known by their surname Guo, was charged on suspicion of […]

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India probes private laboratory for faulty Covid-19 tests on passengers arriving from Italy

Indian officials are investigating a private laboratory accused of faulty Covid-19 tests on passengers on two flights from Italy last week. At least 173 passengers from Rome, and 125 travellers from Milan tested positive on arrival in Amritsar. Thirty of them were tested again at the airport but only three people tested positive for Covid […]

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Tennis star Novak Djokovic admits to breaking isolation while being Covid-19 positive

Tennis star Novak Djokovic admitted there were mistakes on his immigration forms and to meeting a journalist despite testing positive for Covid, as Australia mulls deporting him. Djokovic made the admissions in an Instagram post to clarify “ongoing misinformation” about his movements. The men’s tennis number one is hoping to play in the Australian Open […]

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Canada’s Quebec province to put health tax on residents who remain unvaccinated

The Canadian province of Quebec will charge a health tax to residents who are not vaccinated against Covid-19. Quebec, which has seen the highest number of Covid-related deaths in Canada, is currently struggling with a surge in cases. On Tuesday, the premier announced that it would be the first in the nation to financially penalise […]

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China puts 3rd city under lockdown after reporting two cases of Omicron variant, millions affected

A third Chinese city has locked down its residents because of a COVID-19 outbreak, raising the number confined to their homes in China to about 20 million people. The lockdown of Anyang, home to 5.5 million people, was announced late Monday after two cases of the omicron variant were reported. Residents are not allowed to […]

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United Kingdom: As many as 100 invited to Downing Street “bring-your-own-booze” drinks event during lockdown

As many as 100 people were invited to a “bring-your-own-booze” drinks event in the Downing Street garden during the first lockdown. Reports suggest the PM and his wife attended the gathering on 20 May 2020. But Boris Johnson has declined to say whether he was among those there. The Metropolitan Police said it was in […]