Coronavirus news live: Poland enters fifth Covid wave; Australia reports record daily death toll

Australia reports deadliest day of pandemic so far with record number of 74 deaths; Poland says it expects case numbers to hit new highs in coming weeks All Covid restrictions in England could end in March under No 10 plans Chinese told not to buy from abroad as Covid threatens Olympics Winter Olympics tickets willContinue reading “Coronavirus news live: Poland enters fifth Covid wave; Australia reports record daily death toll”

What face mask should you wear during the Omicron outbreak: N95, KF94, cloth, P2? – video explainer

Which type of mask should you be wearing? Earlier in the coronavirus pandemic, the public was encouraged to wear reusable cloth masks or surgical masks, while P2/N95 respirators were not recommended for community use. But the Omicron variant’s increased transmissibility has prompted the question: should you consider switching your reusable mask for a respirator instead? ► SubscribeContinue reading “What face mask should you wear during the Omicron outbreak: N95, KF94, cloth, P2? – video explainer”

‘It’s a total disaster’: Omicron lays waste to India’s huge wedding season

Distraught couples face prospect of cutting guest lists from more than 600 people down to just 20 after coronavirus variant took hold See all our coronavirus coverage Until 28 December, Heena Vashisht was a happy bride-to-be. The 28-year-old was pleased her family had put in place early all the arrangements for her wedding on 10Continue reading “‘It’s a total disaster’: Omicron lays waste to India’s huge wedding season”

Magistrates will get power to give one-year jail sentences to cut backlog

Pandemic has caused huge delays in justice system but barristers claim change in England and Wales is ‘distraction politics’ Magistrates in England and Wales will be given more sentencing powers in an attempt to tackle the backlog of cases waiting to be dealt with by criminal courts. In the latest effort to reduce both theContinue reading “Magistrates will get power to give one-year jail sentences to cut backlog”

Australia news live update: Novak Djokovic arrives back in Serbia, Tonga suffers ‘significant damage’ after tsunami

World tennis No 1 lands in Belgrade after being deported from Australia as French Open introduces a vaccine rule which could block him from playing. Follow all the day’s news Djokovic’s French Open title defence in doubt after Covid pass ruling Australian minister says Tonga suffered ‘significant damage’ following volcano eruption GP clinics overwhelmed byContinue reading “Australia news live update: Novak Djokovic arrives back in Serbia, Tonga suffers ‘significant damage’ after tsunami”

All Covid restrictions in England could end in March under No 10 plans

Guidance may replace legal requirements as Boris Johnson indicates UK must now live with the virus Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage No 10 is drawing up plans to phase out England’s remaining pandemic restrictions from as early as March as a beleaguered Boris Johnson signals to his backbenchers that he isContinue reading “All Covid restrictions in England could end in March under No 10 plans”

Boris Johnson lied about lockdown party, Dominic Cummings claims

Johnson told MPs he did not realise 20 May 2020 event was social gathering but ex-aide says PM was urged not to allow it Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Dominic Cummings has accused Boris Johnson of lying after No 10 denied the prime minister was warned against allowing a “bring yourContinue reading “Boris Johnson lied about lockdown party, Dominic Cummings claims”

Unilever’s bid for GSK consumables isn’t quite the shocker it seems | Nils Pratley

This could be a long campaign and, despite all the difficulties, there is a logic to the proposal Even a Marmite reaction – some loving it, some hating it – would have been better from brand owner Unilever’s point of view. Unfortunately, almost everybody seemed to agree: the big idea of offering £50bn for GlaxoSmithKline’sContinue reading “Unilever’s bid for GSK consumables isn’t quite the shocker it seems | Nils Pratley”

Moderna aims to launch single Covid and flu booster jab within two years

Combined vaccine should be ready in time for winter infectious season in 2023, says drug firm’s chief executive Moderna is aiming to launch a single booster vaccination that will protect against both Covid-19 and flu within two years, its chief executive has said. Stéphane Bancel said that the combined vaccine – which will protect againstContinue reading “Moderna aims to launch single Covid and flu booster jab within two years”

Lords watchdog launches inquiry into Michelle Mone over ‘VIP lane’ contract

Investigation into Tory peer relates to PPE company awarded £203m in government contracts Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The House of Lords commissioner for standards has launched an investigation into the Conservative peer Michelle Mone, relating to the PPE company awarded £203m government contracts via the “VIP lane” after she referredContinue reading “Lords watchdog launches inquiry into Michelle Mone over ‘VIP lane’ contract”

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