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We are all playing Covid roulette. Without clean air, the next infection could permanently disable you | George Monbiot

As rich people plough money into ventilation to protect themselves, those with long Covid are treated as an embarrassment

You could see Covid-19 as an empathy test. Who was prepared to suffer disruption and inconvenience for the sake of others, and who was not? The answer was often surprising. I can think, for instance, of five prominent environmentalists who denounced lockdowns, vaccines and even masks as intolerable intrusions on our liberties, while proposing no meaningful measures to prevent transmission of the virus. Four of them became active spreaders of disinformation.

If environmentalism means anything, it’s that our damaging gratifications should take second place to the interests of others. Yet these people immediately failed the test, placing their own convenience above the health and lives of others.

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Africa has become ‘less safe, secure and democratic’ in past decade, report finds

Progress in key areas has stalled because of Covid, conflict and the climate crisis, but peaceful nations are performing better

Africa is less safe, secure and democratic than a decade ago, with insecurity holding back progress in health, education and economic opportunities, according to an assessment of the continent.

The Ibrahim index of African governance, which examines how well governments have delivered on policies and services, including security, health, education, rights and democratic participation, said Covid had contributed to the stalling of progress over the past three years.

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EasyJet reports record bookings despite cost of living crisis

January boom means airline expects to beat market expectations for profits this year

EasyJet has lauded a record surge in bookings in January as passengers prioritised travel for the coming year amid signs airlines are finally recovering from the pandemic downturn.

Despite the continuing cost of living crisis in the UK and abroad, the airline said current high levels of demand and strong bookings meant it expected to beat market expectations for its profits this year.

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North Korea locks down capital Pyongyang over respiratory illness

Residents told that rising cases mean they must stay home for five days and do frequent temperature checks

Authorities in the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, have ordered a five-day lockdown due to rising cases of an unspecified respiratory illness, Seoul-based NK News reported on Wednesday, citing a government notice.

The notice did not mention Covid-19, but said that residents in the city were required to stay in their homes until the end of Sunday and submit to temperature checks multiple times each day, according to NK News, which monitors North Korea.

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Atagi expected to update advice on fifth dose of Covid vaccine within weeks

Experts urge governments to reprioritise public health messaging amid fears the anti-vaccine lobby ‘has the floor’ on immunisation

Australia’s national vaccine advisory body is expected to decide within weeks if a fifth Covid vaccine dose will be made available to more Australians this year.

Meanwhile, infectious disease physicians have urged federal and state governments to reprioritise vaccine awareness campaigns, warning the “anti-vaccine lobby seems to have the floor”.

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Conservative health minister has big stake in Covid testing firm

Exclusive: Nick Markham, who co- founded Cignpost Investments during the pandemic, was given a peerage by Liz Truss

A Conservative health minister has a substantial financial stake in a private health screening and Covid testing firm, raising questions about the potential for a conflict of interest.

Nick Markham, a businessman who was given a peerage under Liz Truss and appointed to the health department, owns about 30% of Cignpost Investments and has done so throughout his first four months in the job.

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80% of people in China caught Covid since early December, say officials

Reported death toll surges to 72,000 after zero-Covid restrictions lifted; some experts estimate 1m deaths

About 80% of China’s population has been infected with Covid-19 since restrictions were lifted in early December, Chinese health authorities have said.

The figure, which equates to about 1.2 billion people, prompted some pandemic experts to estimate that more than 1 million may have already died, far more than the government’s official tally of about 72,000.

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Will Covid reinfections pose increased health risks? Experts aren’t sure

A study found that repeat infections increases the possibility of hospitalization or death, but some experts refute those findings

A recent study states that Covid-19 reinfections could pose additional risks to people’s long-term health – as compared to only getting Covid once – however some infectious disease experts in the US disagree that there is evidence showing repeat infections are more dangerous.

The issue of the impact of repeated infections is becoming a crucial one in the United States as the Covid-19 pandemic is now tailing off amid a widespread relaxation of any social distancing or restrictions, which has seen many people catch the virus two or more times.

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Look at how the 1% are doing right now, and tell me the system isn’t rigged | Nesrine Malik

The world’s super-rich have amassed so much wealth since the pandemic that even a Tory minister can see something is amiss

You may have forgotten by now, but there was a brief moment during the pandemic when hopes were raised for a new “roaring 20s”. The Yale sociology professor Nicholas Christakis predicted that as in the 1920s, after the 1918 Spanish flu, society would embrace indulgence, with a rise in “sexual licentiousness” as well as a “reverse of religiosity”. We were poised to emerge from lockdown randy and flush. We certainly weren’t supposed to plunge, as we have in Britain, right into political crises and strikes, have three prime ministers in as many months, and sit at home too skint to turn on the heating or socialise.

But a roaring 20s is actually happening, just not for most of us. According to Oxfam’s annual inequality report, released to coincide with the World Economic Forum meetings in Davos, the richest 1% of people have captured nearly twice as much new wealth as the rest of the world combined since the pandemic. Their fortune soared by $26tn, increasing their share of new wealth from 50% to two-thirds.

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350,000 patients waited over 12 hours in A&E before getting NHS bed last year

Analysis by Lib Dems shows total was at record high in 2022, and compares with 1,306 people waiting as long in 2015

A record 350,000 patients waited more than 12 hours to be admitted to hospital from A&E last year, according to figures that raise fears about unsafe care as the NHS faces further waves of strike action.

The figures, uncovered in an analysis by the Liberal Democrats, show a steep rise in delays since 2015, when just 1,306 patients waited 12 hours. Senior doctors described the situation as “unbearable” for patients and staff, ahead of a strike in which thousands of ambulance workers will walk out across England and Wales on Monday.

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