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The introduction of compulsory PCR tests for Covid-19 for everyone arriving in the UK has been described as a “huge blow” for the travel industry. The move, announced by Prime MinisterBoris Johnson on Saturday, has been welcomed by scientists as a way of buying time to learn more about the Omicron variant. There are now 10 countries on the Government red list for travel, which means arrivals from South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia Zimbabwe, Angola, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia will have to quarantine for 10 days.
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Their table manners were shocking, but the guests of honour at a special banquet in the Thai town of Lopburi on Sunday loved monkeying around. Lopburi has been laying on an annual feast of fruit for its population of macaques since the late 1980s, part religious tradition and part tourist attraction.
The World Health Organization has called for a new international accord on tackling pandemics, following the emergence of the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus.During a special session of the World Health Assembly on November 29, WHO director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the new variant “underlines just how perilous and precarious our situation is.”“Omicron demonstrates just why the world needs a new accord on pandemics,” he said. “Our current system disincentivizes countries from alerting others to threats that will inevitably land on their shores,” he said.Tedros called on richer nations to commit to vaccine equity in order to bring an end to the pandemic. “More than 80 percent of the world’s vaccines have gone to G20 countries. Low income countries, most of them in Africa, have received just 0.6 percent of all vaccines,” he said. “The longer vaccine inequity persists, the more opportunity this virus has to spread and evolve in ways we cannot predict.”Tedros also said South Africa and Botswana “should be thanked for detecting and sequencing and reporting this variant, not penalized,” and said it was not yet known whether the variant is associated with more transmissions, severe disease, or vaccine resistance. Credit: World Health Organization via Storyful
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History risks repeating itself on disruption in schools. That is the warning from MPs, as they say the omicron variant will lead to "chaos" and children likely to be forced into self isolation by new rules.
Nikita Gretsi, a 23-year-old restaurant manager, quit his job and used his life savings to fund a 15,000km wild horse trek from Siberia to London. Despite falling off a cliff, facing -60C temperatures cold enough to freeze the lungs, and riding along Russia's precarious "Road of Bones", he said he has had moments of "pure joy".
India has put into commission its fourth French submarine – built locally in Mumbai – shortly after adding a separate stealth warship to its navy. The move comes as the country asserts itself in the Indian Ocean, where Western powers also hope to counter China’s influence. Deployed this week, INS Vela is part of a contract worth 2.6 billion euros for six diesel-powered Scorpene submarines jointly built with French military contractor the Naval Group, formerly DCNS.Its deployment comes as border
After a nearby camp was broken up by police, people with nowhere to go are camping on a disused railway line
A collective of NGOs placed 6,000 green lights in front of the Bundestag to demand the reception of migrants blocked at the border between Poland and Belarus.View on euronews
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The government currently has "no plan to move to plan B" in their Covid response, after nine cases of the Omicron variant were found in England and Scotland. Health Minister Ed Argar said restrictions expected to come into force on Tuesday, including mask-wearing on public transport and in shops, were "proportionate" but "we will see cases rise".
The European Union needs to buy time to assess fully the implications of the new Omicron coronavirus variant and to prepare, notably by pushing for greater vaccination rates, the president of the European Commission said on Sunday. Ursula Von der Leyen, speaking during a visit to Latvia, said she took the variant seriously. "We know that we are in a race against time.... And the scientists and manufacturers need two to three weeks to have a full picture about the quality of the mutations of this Omicron variant," she told a news conference.
Bangladesh doctors treating ailing opposition leader and ex-premier Khaleda Zia said Sunday they feared for her life if she was not allowed to fly abroad for medical care.
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Conservative MP and former Attorney General Sir Geoffrey Cox has spoken for the first time since it emerged he had a second job advising the British Virgin Islands government. Asked if he had damaged trust in politicians, Sir Geoffrey said, "I can't see why… all I've been doing is pursuing an honourable profession". .
Thomas Schreiber, of Gillingham, Dorset, is on trial at Winchester Crown Court accused of the murder of Sir Richard Sutton.
A 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck northern Peru on Sunday, destroying buildings including a church tower, injuring at least 10 people and sending shock waves across the region.