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The rapid spread of the Omicron variant, combined with the roll-out of up to 20 billion doses of vaccine, means the COVID-19 pandemic could be over this year, according to one of the world's leading public health experts. "I wouldn't lift everything at the end of January," said Sir Jeremy, "when the NHS is still under pressure, and we're still in the middle, of course, of winter." Right now, the rest of the world remains in a "pretty dire situation", according to Sir Jeremy, due to low vaccination rates and the incredibly rapid spread of the Omicron variant.
Restrictions introduced in late December in response to the emergence of the Omicron variant are also set to be lifted.
The Foreign Office has been told to prepare for “crisis mode” as weapons were flown from Britain to Ukraine to defend it from a Russian invasion.
Scientists say hardest-hit states are ‘probably through the worst’ as cases are ‘levelling off’
Conservation group Save the Elephants said the twins were first spotted by lucky tourist guides on a safari drive Samburu Reserve in northern Kenya
The Doomsday Clock has remained at 100 seconds to midnight for a third year in a row, as scientists said the world is “no safer” than it was this time last year.
The countdown acts as a metaphor for global apocalypse, taking into account the likelihood of emerging threats, such as climate change.
An explosion at a home in the Bronx triggered a large fire, leaving at least one person dead and eight others injured, including five police officers suffering smoke inhalation, according to local officials.A blast was reported before 11 am at 869 Fox Street in the Longview neighborhood of the Bronx. This footage, released by the NYPD, shows officers working to rescue a woman pinned under a couch in a house next door. The 68-year-old woman was in a serious condition, authorities reported after being rescued.New York City Council Member Rafael Salamanca, who was on the scene, said the fire was due to a gas explosion, though the cause has yet to be confirmed. Credit: NYPD via Storyful
A long-awaited report on sexual abuse in Germany’s Munich diocese has faulted retired Pope Benedict XVI’s handling of several cases when he was archbishop in the 1970s and 1980s. View on euronews
Sales in the retailer’s travel division fell, with airports and railway stations hit, but high street stores had a better time.
The research, commissioned by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, found the project ‘would be impossible to justify’.
Some 29,517 NHS staff at hospital trusts in England were ill with coronavirus or having to self-isolate.
Despite new research, experts insist PCR tests unlikely to be replaced entirely
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Prince William is asked 'Do you support Prince Andrew?' by reporter
Nearly 10,000 Chinese overseas nationals have been forced to return to China after coercive means outside the justice system were used by the government, a new report has claimed. Spain-based rights group Safeguard Defenders said the figure for what they call "involuntary returns" could just be the "tip of the iceberg". The report states that China president Xi Jinping's government has been aggressively pursuing its overseas nationals as it targets people wanted as part of its anti-corruption drive.
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A sobering reflection of Britain’s obsession with drinking. We mustn’t accept a rise in alcoholism as inevitable, writes Prof Woody Caan, while Isabella Stone bemoans taxpayers having to fund No 10’s boozy culture. Plus letters from Catherine King, Mike Pender and Owen Wells
The eruption of a Tonga volcano sent "violent" waves across the Pacific and caused a boat loading oil about 6,600 miles away to topple, spilling thousands of barrels into Peruvian waters. Dozens of fishermen have protested outside Peru's main oil refinery, La Pampilla, which processes around 117,000 barrels a day and is managed by Spanish company Repsol. An Italian-flagged ship was loading the oil into La Pampilla when strong waves moved the boat and caused it to spill its cargo into the ocean.
Former TOWIE star Kirk Norcross has been praised for a "brave" Loose Women interview on his father Mick's death last year.