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US expected to require stricter testing protocols for international travelers
Concern over Omicron variant may lead to required test within one day of travel, possible post-travel testing and self-quarantine
WHO member states will work on a global agreement to deal with future pandemics
The coronavirus outbreak exposed flaws in the global health system but also showed a willingness among countries to work together, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO's director-general, says.
Covid Is "Borderless": UN Chief Slams "Unfair", "Ineffective" Travel Bans
Omicron Covid Variant: Dozens of countries imposed restrictions on travel from southern African states after the Omicron variant of the coronavirus was first reported in the region last week.
Health experts question Biden's new travel bans: 'Their role in public health is minimal'
Biden previously insinuated Trump's travel ban on China was 'racist' and 'xenophobic'
Low Vaccine Cover, Low Testing Rates "Toxic Mix", Says WHO
"Globally, we have a toxic mix of low vaccine coverage and very low testing -- a recipe for breeding and amplifying variants," WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a press conference.
All Travellers From Outside EU Will Need Negative Covid Test: France
The move is part of a bundle of measures aimed at tackling a new surge in infections as worries caused by the newly detected Omicron variant loom.
US, Other Countries Tighten Travel Rules Over New Variant Concerns
A World Health Organization official said 24 countries may have reported cases of the variant so far but that some of the early indications were that most cases were mild, with none severe.
South Korea Reports 5 Omicron Cases On Flight From Nigeria
A fully vaccinated couple tested positive for the variant after arriving last week from Nigeria, followed by two of their family members and a friend, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA).
France To Lift Ban On Southern Africa Flights From Saturday
These travellers must have a Covid test upon arrival, with a negative result still requiring a seven-day quarantine, while a positive test will require a 10-day quarantine, said government spokesman Gabriel Attal after a weekly cabinet m...
The world’s most expensive cities to live in right now
Israel’s Tel Aviv has leapfrogged Hong Kong and Singapore to become the world’s most expensive city to live in, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).
How do children choose a best friend?
Forming healthy friendships is often seen as a crucial skill for a child – but one that's rarely explicitly taught. Here's what science can tell us about those vital bonds.
France sends more police to Martinique to quell COVID unrest
Police reinforcements arrived in the French Caribbean territory of Martinique on Tuesday to restore order after unrest that erupted over COVID-19 measures, in particular the mandatory vaccination of healthcare workers, a government minis...
Olaf Scholz wants mandatory coronavirus vaccination for Germans by February
Incoming German Chancellor ‘signaled his sympathy for such a regulation,’ official says.
Netherlands says Omicron variant was already in country earlier than previously thought
The Covid-19 Omicron variant was present in the Netherlands a week before two flights arrived from South Africa carrying the virus, Dutch health officials said Tuesday, throwing the timeline of the variant's spread in Europe into question.
Making Covid-19 vaccines mandatory was once unthinkable. But European countries are showing it can work
Earlier this month, Austria took a step once unthinkable for a Western democracy: It announced that Covid-19 vaccinations would become compulsory for its entire population.
UK to put booster jab programme ‘on steroids’ in wake of Omicron
British Health Secretary Sajid Javid said the country will intensify its vaccination campaign in response to the arrival of the potentially more contagious Omicron variant of the coronavirus.
Moderna chief predicts existing vaccines will struggle with Omicron
The chief executive of Moderna has predicted that existing vaccines will be much less effective at tackling Omicron than earlier strains of coronavirus and warned it would take months before pharmaceutical companies could manufacture new...
US bids farewell to Trump hotel that offered luxury and access
Trump International Hotel in Washington to become a Waldorf Astoria in the New Year, ending six years of ownership by Donald Trump.
Lowering Queen Elizabeth's Flag, Barbados Becomes World's Newest Republic
Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, will attend the "Pride of Nationhood" ceremony, which is set to include military parades, a mounted guard of honor, gun salutes, dances and fireworks.
Crypto named Omicron spikes and outperforms Bitcoin amid variant fears
The token came into existence in November and appears to have risen for no other reason than the newly-named COVID strain.
COVID-19, UK: Not our job to enforce mask rules, retailers tell government
Industry bodies fear staff could be placed in harm's way if asked to police renewed rules on face covering and say enforcement should remain the job of the authorities.
Why France's Caribbean islands are a prostate cancer hotspot
Banana farmers in Guadeloupe and Martinique were poisoned by a banned chemical. Now they could be compensated by French authorities
Omicron: How do you detect it?
The first cases of the new Omicron variant of coronavirus have now been detected in the UK, after it was highlighted by scientists in South Africa as a potentially worrying new strain.
Cause For Concern, "Not Panic": What Joe Biden Said On New Covid Variant
US President Joe Biden said the virus variant Omicron, first detected in South Africa but already appearing in multiple countries, "is a cause for concern, not a cause for panic."
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