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Covid news: 75 more cases of Omicron variant found in England; Ireland announces new restrictions – as it happened
More than 100 cases of new variant have now been found in England; Strict social distancing will be required in Ireland’s bars and restaurants with mandatory table service and a maximum of six people per table

Harry Taylor (now) and Caroline Davies, Martin Belam and Samantha Lock (earlier)

03, Dec, 2021 @11:54 PM

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Omicron driving record rate of Covid infection in South African province
Officials say variant’s R number is believed to be above 6, though most cases are mild and no deaths reported

Peter Beaumont

03, Dec, 2021 @4:45 PM

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Omicron seems to carry higher Covid reinfection risk, says South Africa
Scientists warn of higher rate of repeat infections but say vaccines appear to protect against serious illness

Peter Beaumont and Nick Dall in Cape Town

02, Dec, 2021 @6:23 PM

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Covid news: Omicron detected in US; UK reports 48,374 new cases and 171 deaths – as it happened
Case identified in California; UK infections on rise amid fears over Omicron variant; non-EU travellers to France must have negative Covid test regardless of vaccination status

Tom Ambrose (now), Rachel Hall, Martin Belam and Samantha Lock (earlier)

02, Dec, 2021 @12:50 AM

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Omicron variant found around world as more nations tighten travel rules
US among more than 50 nations bringing in stricter border controls as variant is identified in 24 countries

Peter Beaumont

01, Dec, 2021 @7:02 PM

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Boosters may protect against new virus variant as US checks vaccine effectiveness – as it happened
Nitzan Horowitz says ‘already room for optimism’ that vaccines will cover new variant; US Food & Drug Administration checking if tweaks needed

Jem Bartholomew (now); Lucy Campbell, Martin Belam and Samantha Lock (earlier)

01, Dec, 2021 @12:45 AM

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Moderna boss predicts current vaccines may be less effective against Omicron covid
Stock markets dip as CEO questions efficacy but others move to calm fears about risk of serious illness

Julia Kollewe, Graeme Wearden and Peter Beaumont

30, Nov, 2021 @7:35 PM

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Omicron Covid variant ‘present in Europe at least 10 days ago’
Two cases of new Covid variant found in Netherlands predate last week’s alert from South Africa

Peter Beaumont

30, Nov, 2021 @6:43 PM

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Sudanese PM’s release is only small step in resolving crisis
Analysis: deal satisfies some international demands but route to democratic transition after fall of Omar al-Bashir remains unclear

Peter Beaumont

21, Nov, 2021 @4:25 PM

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Sudan pro-democracy activists call for escalation after lethal crackdown
Demonstrations against military coup expected to continue after 15 protesters reportedly killed in a day

Zeinab Mohammed Salih in Khartoum and Peter Beaumont

18, Nov, 2021 @3:03 PM

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Young people more optimistic about the world than older generations – Unicef
Despite mental health and climate concerns, youth believe they can improve the world, survey for World Children’s Day finds

Peter Beaumont

18, Nov, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Hacking of activists is latest in long line of cyber-attacks on Palestinians
Analysis: while identity of hackers is not known in this case, Palestinians have long been spied on by Israeli military

Peter Beaumont

08, Nov, 2021 @4:22 PM

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