PARIS (Reuters) -France has registered 47,177 new confirmed COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, health ministry data showed on Tuesday, the highest one-day tally since early April at the height of the third wave of the pandemic. The latest data pushed the cumulative total of cases in France since the start of the pandemic to 7.67 million and the seven-day moving average of new coronavirus infections to well over 32,000. On April 8, France recorded nearly 85,000 infections.
The rise of digital art is complete after game changing technology NFT topped a chart of the most powerful influencers in the art world. NFT, which stands for non-fungible token, is a digital file confirming ownership of a work of digital art. The digital asset is stored on a blockchain and can be copied but there is only one original and the technology means its ownership can be proved and then sold or traded with other collectors.
ITV has confirmed it will host a special Christmas carol service led by the Duchess of Cambridge in a snub to the BBC. The event, hosted by Kate and supported by the Royal Foundation, will celebrate the work of “individuals and organisations” across the country who have “stepped up to support their communities during the pandemic”. The Westminster Abbey event was reportedly due to be hosted by the BBC, but the plans were given to ITV after the corporation sparked a furious row with Buckingham Palace over a documentary examining the relationship between Princes William and Harry and the media.
The US is moving to require all air travellers entering the country to show a negative Covid test taken a day before departure in a bid to stem the spread of the Omicron variant. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the revised timeline would help to “make international travel as safe as possible” amid growing concern over the spread of the new strain. Currently, vaccinated international air travellers can present a negative antigen test result obtained within three days from their point of departure.
A mouse was spotted appearing to drink the sauce from a hotpot at a restaurant in eastern China. Video filmed in the city of Hefei in Anhui Province on November 30 shows the rodent standing near several dishes of sauce. According to an employee of the hotpot restaurant, they did not know where the mouse came from. The restaurant has closed for rectification and is about to be disinfected. The video was provided by local media with permission.
Donald Trump has accused the Duchess of Sussex of "using" Prince Harry and being "disrespectful" to the Queen in a wide-ranging interview. Speaking to Nigel Farage in Florida, the former US president said he hasn't been a fan of the Duchess of Sussex since "day one". In response to comments from Mr Farage about Meghan using Duchess of Sussex headed writing paper to lobby members of Congress, Mr Trump said: "She is trying do things that I think are very inappropriate."
Teams of TfL enforcement officers were out in force across London on Tuesday and swooped on commuters without face masks on public transport. As the renewed requirement to wear face coverings kicked in officers stopped those flouting the rules and warned them they would face fines next time. Officers shouted “face coverings are mandatory on the network” as commuters passed through.
Japan's main opposition party on Tuesday elected its 47-year-old policy chief as leader, as it tries to regroup following a disappointing electoral performance against the country's long-ruling conservatives.
French far-right pundit Eric Zemmour announced on Tuesday that he will run for president in next year's election, staking his claim in a video peppered with anti-immigrant rhetoric and doom-laden warnings about the future.
Since France began its military withdrawal from Mali, many misleading social media posts have appeared. Reports claim that Mali is negotiating with the Russian private military company Wagner. One photo on Facebook from November 10 allegedly shows a Wagner military instructor training Malian soldiers. Another photo from November 20 claims to show that Mali received a delivery of military equipment from Russia. We take a closer look in this edition of Truth or Fake.
The legendary Barbadian cricketer Sir Garfield Sobers admitted he would miss the Queen as head of state in Barbados. It comes as Prince Charles prepared to leave Barbados after the island nation celebrated becoming a Republic.