UK Covid live: minister casts doubt on wisdom of holding big Christmas parties

Good morning. It is the time of year when many of us are planning, looking forward to (or dreading) Christmas parties. But should you go ahead with them? If you are looking to the government for clear guidance, it is even foggier this morning than it has been. On Tuesday Boris Johnson – once dubbed … Read more

Germany to tighten coronavirus restrictions

BERLIN — The outgoing German government and the leaders of the country’s 16 states are planning to tighten pandemic rules, according to a draft document seen by POLITICO. According to the plan which is set to be adopted Thursday, only those fully vaccinated and those who have recovered from COVID-19 will have access to venues such … Read more

Covid news live: WHO advises vulnerable or unvaccinated against travel over Omicron

8.35pm EST 20:35 Martin Farrer Stock markets in Asia are mixed this morning after some big losses in Europe and Wall Street on Tuesday thanks to ongoing Omicron concerns and signals from the US Federal Reserve that it is going to wind up its massive monetary stimulus more quickly than expected. The ASX200 in Sydney … Read more

US home prices register 19.1% annual gain in September

U.S. home prices rose briskly in September, another sign that the housing market is booming in the aftermath of last year’s coronavirus recession By PAUL WISEMAN AP Economics Writer November 30, 2021, 2:00 PM • 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article WASHINGTON — U.S. home prices rose briskly in September, another … Read more

Japan confirms first case of new coronavirus variant

Japan has confirmed its first case of the new omicron coronavirus variant, a Namibian diplomat who recently arrived from his country By MARI YAMAGUCHI Associated Press November 30, 2021, 10:29 AM • 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article TOKYO — Japan confirmed on Tuesday its first case of the new omicron … Read more

Miss Universe contestant in Israel has COVID-19

Organizers of next month’s Miss Universe pageant say one of the contestants has tested positive for COVID-19 ByThe Associated Press November 29, 2021, 1:36 PM • 1 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article JERUSALEM — Organizers of next month’s Miss Universe pageant say one of the contestants has tested positive for COVID-19. … Read more

Vaccines vs. Omicron: The next big test in the coronavirus pandemic

Press play to listen to this article As European countries scramble to contain the spread of a new coronavirus variant, named Omicron, attention is turning to whether existing vaccines will work against it — and whether new jabs will be needed. One reason why scientists in South Africa raised the alert about the variant that … Read more

UK Covid live: Scottish and Welsh governments call for eight-day quarantine for all new arrivals to UK

Latest updates: Nicola Sturgeon says Scottish and Welsh governments think tougher restrictions would help identify cases coming in to UK Six Omicron cases in Scotland as ministers resist calls for tougher rules School staff and pupils in Essex tested for Omicron Covid variant Omicron Covid variant poses very high global risk, says WHO Booster rollout … Read more

UK calls urgent G7 health ministers’ meeting to discuss Omicron variant

LONDON — Health ministers from the world’s richest seven democracies will convene on Monday to discuss the new coronavirus variant of concern, Omicron, the U.K. government announced Sunday. The urgent G7 meeting, called by the U.K. presidency, will discuss developments related to the spread of Omicron, the government said in a statement. South Africa alerted … Read more

Omicron outbreak turns up heat on EU over vaccine access

Press play to listen to this article An outbreak of the new Omicron coronavirus variant in Southern Africa is boosting critics of the EU, who say that Brussels is preventing a quick roll-out of jabs across poor nations by zealously defending vaccine patents. The European Commission always knew that this was going to be a … Read more

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