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Tribunal finds trainee police officer of faking Covid-19 by drawing red lines on tests

A trainee police officer tried to fake having COVID-19 by drawing red lines on a lateral flow test, a tribunal has heard. In a bid to stay home from work, Ahmed Anwari told his training officer last December that he could not come in because of a positive lateral flow test result. But his ruse […]

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Shanghai to Covid-19 test more than 12 million residents, sparking fears of new lockdown

Shanghai will carry out Covid-19 testing on more than half of its 25 million residents this weekend, fueling fears of a return to more stringent restrictions just days after the financial hub emerged from two months of painful lockdown. The mass testing announcements sparked fears of a return to stringent, prolonged lockdown among Shanghai residents, […]

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US drops proof of negative Covid-19 test requirement for air travellers

The US will no longer require air travellers to have proof of a negative Covid-19 test before entering the country from abroad. Officials said they were dropping the requirement due to the “tremendous progress” the country had made in the fight against the virus. The travel industry has been pushing for an end to the […]

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UK lifts all Covid-19 travel restrictions for passengers entering from abroad

All Covid-19 travel restrictions have now been lifted for passengers entering the UK. Unvaccinated arrivals will no longer have to take tests and passenger locator forms have been scrapped. It comes almost exactly two years after the first Covid lockdown measures were imposed in the UK. Aviation minister Robert Courts said: “Everything we have worked […]

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New Zealand announces border reopening plans to international travellers after more than two years of Covid-19 lockdown

New Zealand has brought forward plans to reopen its borders to international travellers after a Covid lockout of more than two years. Australians will be allowed to enter the country without needing to quarantine or isolate from 13 April. Fully vaccinated travellers from about 60 countries on a visa-waiver list will be able to arrive […]

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Global covid-19 deaths probably three times higher than official data, study finds

More than 18 million people, three times higher than official records suggest have probably died because of Covid, say researchers. Their report comes two years to the day from when the World Health Organization first declared the pandemic. The Covid-19 excess mortality team at the US’s Washington University studied 191 countries and territories for what […]

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New Mexico man returns home after battling Covid-19 for 549 days in the hospital

Coronavirus has affected millions of lives. However, not everyone has faced the difficulties like Donnell Hunter, who spent 549 days in hospitals since his battle with COVID-19 started in September 2020. After spending more than one year in the health care facilities, he has returned back to his home in Roswell, New Mexico last week. […]

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Hong Kong plans to roll out compulsory Covid-19 testing three times over

Hong Kong announced plans to roll out compulsory Covid-19 testing from next month, with each of the densely-populated territory’s 7.4 million residents required to submit to three rounds of tests. Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced the testing regime at a briefing on Tuesday as she announced a stringent set of new restrictions to tackle a […]

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Justin Trudeau invokes Emergencies Act to freeze anti-vaccine mandate protesters’ bank accounts, vehicle insurance

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has taken the unprecedented step of invoking the Emergencies Act to crack down on anti-vaccine mandate protests. Mr Trudeau said the scope of the measures would be “time-limited”, “reasonable and proportionate” and would not see the military deployed. Without a court order, banks will be able freeze personal accounts of […]

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Canadian judge orders end to truckers’ bridge blockade with the United States

A Canadian judge has granted a court order to end a truckers’ blockade of a vital trade link with the US. The injunction approved by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice came into effect at 19:00 local time on Friday. The Ambassador Bridge, linking Windsor, Ontario, with Detroit, Michigan, has been blockaded for five days. […]

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Truck drivers protesting vaccine rules and restrictions block key border crossing between US and Canada

Truck drivers are blocking a key border crossing between the US and Canada, sparking fears of economic disruption. While limited US-bound traffic is being allowed to cross the Ambassador Bridge in Ontario, Canada-bound lanes from Detroit remain closed. Business associations have called for the bridge to be immediately cleared to ensure the steady flow of […]

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Canada: Judge orders truckers in Ottawa to stop honking

Truckers in Ottawa have been ordered to stop honking their horns in an ongoing protest that has snarled up the city. The loud and constant blare of truck horns has become one of the defining features of the movement against Canada’s vaccine mandates. But Judge Hugh McLean has now ordered they be silenced for the […]