Dystopia-core: what is the new pandemic-era punk look?

Continuing the grunge and goth revival, the look takes inspiration from sci-fi fantasies such as Dune

Sick of sweatpants? A new fashion trend that swaps elasticated waistbands for harder, more utilitarian clothing could be right up your street.

Taking inspiration from dark cinematic fantasies such as The Matrix Resurrections and Dune, “dystopia-core” comes as we approach the third year of pandemic living.

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How to book a holiday during the Covid pandemic

Read the small print, particularly about cancellations

It is essential to check what will happen if you need to cancel transport or accommodation, whether you are booking the different elements yourself or opting for a package. Many may offer free cancellation but read the small print carefully – there will be a deadline for this, and it could be several weeks before your holiday is set to start.

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‘Christmas was awful’: on the Omicron frontline at the Royal Preston hospital

After nearly two years of pandemic, 5,000 inpatients and 1,000 deaths, the staff of one of the largest hospitals in north-west England are frustrated and exhausted

After nearly two years on the Covid frontline, there is one image that haunts Prof Mohammed Munavvar. It is of a visit to Preston cemetery, where a friend had been laid to rest.

There he saw a pristine row of gravestones, each planted in the last year. They were all his patients. He knew every single name: “That was terrible, really. It was very traumatic. Even now I think about that image.”

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Djokovic case exposes ‘dysfunctional and dangerous’ Australian visa rules, experts say

Migration law experts say tennis No 1’s visa cancellation sets a precedent that could see more deportations on political grounds

Australia’s visa cancellation regime has been exposed as “dysfunctional and dangerous” by the Novak Djokovic case, legal experts have said, arguing his expulsion is a “terrible precedent” that could lead to “political and populist” deportations.

The Djokovic case has drawn public attention to the so-called “God powers” held by Australian immigration ministers, granting them extraordinarily broad powers to summarily cancel visas.

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NSW warned to expect spike in Covid deaths as hospitalisations rise

State records 29,504 coronavirus cases and 17 deaths as new figures show unvaccinated are 13 times more likely to be admitted to ICU

The New South Wales chief health officer has warned deaths from Covid-19 are likely to spike in the coming days, as hospitalisation data shows unvaccinated people with the virus are 13 times more likely to end up in intensive care.

Dr Kerry Chant issued the warning on Monday as the state recorded another 17 deaths and 29,504 new Covid cases, following a record week in which 126 people died from the virus in the state.

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‘Outrageous’: retailers referred to AFP for price gouging rapid antigen tests

ACCC take action on price markups after reports of retailers charging more than $30 for a single Covid-testing kit

Retailers charging “beyond outrageous” prices for rapid antigen tests are being referred to the federal police for investigation, as supply issues continue to hamper Australia’s testing regime.

The chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Rod Sims, said on Monday the consumer watchdog had received many reports of price gouging, which is now illegal under new laws that prevent profit margins of more than 20% on tests.

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Novak Djokovic deported for trying to breach Australia’s border rules, PM says

‘It’s as simple as that,’ Scott Morrison says, despite immigration minister not disputing tennis star’s belief he had valid vaccination exemption

The Australian prime minister, Scott Morrison, says Novak Djokovic was deported because he tried to breach entry rules at the border, even though the immigration minister did not dispute the tennis star’s belief he had a valid medical exemption.

The Serbian tennis player boarded an Emirates flight from Melbourne to Dubai on Sunday night, hours after the full federal court upheld the minister’s decision to cancel Djokovic’s visa.

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Covid news live: New Zealand begins vaccinating children aged 5-11; French parliament approves vaccine pass

Five- to 11-year-olds will be eligible for jabs in New Zealand from today; a vaccine passport will come into force in France in coming days, with proof of vaccination required to enter public places

New Zealand will begin vaccinating children aged 5-11 from today, 17 January.

Over 120,000 doses of the child Pfizer vaccine have been delivered and is available at 500 sites throughout the country, including walk-ins, drive-throughs, pharmacies, and general practices.

Getting vaccinated now is a great way to help protect tamariki before they go back to school.

The evidence shows that while children may have milder symptoms, some will still get very sick and end up in hospital if they do get Covid-19. Getting vaccinated also helps to prevent them from passing it on to more vulnerable members of the whānau, like babies and elderly family members.”

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NSW Covid-19 update: Hazzard urges people to ‘give a damn about someone other than yourself’ – video

NSW health minister Brad Hazzard has taken aim at the unvaccinated. ‘Can I just say to those people who have chosen not to get vaccinated, it’s time to give a damn about someone other than yourself’, Hazzard said. ‘Give a damn about your community, your family and most particularly the health staff across New South Wales who you expect to be looking after you if and when you end up in our hospital system’. There were 29,504 new Covid-19 cases recorded from rapid antigen tests and PCR tests . However, 11,858 positive rapid antigen tests were from the previous seven-day reporting period, and were not necessarily detected in the past 24 hours. There were also 17 deaths, only one of which had received their booster shot

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World’s 10 richest men see their wealth double during Covid pandemic

Oxfam calls for windfall tax as 99% of world population takes a pay cut while top 10 incomes grow by $1bn a day

The 10 richest men in the world have seen their global wealth double to $1.5tn (£1.01tn) since the start of the global pandemic following a surge in share and property prices that has widened the gap between rich and poor, according to a report from Oxfam.

Urging governments to impose a one-off 99% wealth tax on Covid-19 windfall gains, the charity said World Bank figures showed163 million more people had been driven below the poverty line while the super-rich were benefiting from the stimulus provided by governments around the world to mitigate the impact of the virus.

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