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Covid live: Ireland to lift almost all curbs from 6am on Saturday; France reports 400,851 new cases — as it happened
Ireland’s premier Micheál Martin says ‘we have weathered the Omicron storm’; France reports 400,851 daily cases and 233 Covid-linked hospital deaths

Tom Ambrose (now); Sarah Marsh, Georgina Quach, Martin Belam and Samantha Lock (earlier)

21, Jan, 2022 @11:30 PM

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France to ease restrictions; Austrian parliament approves mandatory vaccination – as it happened
French PM says from February work from home guidance will be changed and nightclubs reopen; Austria will have Europe’s first universal jabs mandate

Samantha Lock (now); Tom Ambrose, Damien Gayle and Martin Belam (earlier)

21, Jan, 2022 @12:31 AM

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Czech Republic scraps mandatory jabs as daily cases hit new high; record cases in Bulgaria – as it happened
Czech government scraps decree to avoid ‘deepening fissures’ in country; Bulgaria reports highest daily tally of pandemic with 11,181 infections

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

20, Jan, 2022 @1:13 AM

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Medics in Tigray plead with Ethiopia for insulin airlift as supplies run out
Thousands of diabetics in region face ‘agonising death’ amid blockage on food, fuel and medicines in 14-month conflict

Lizzy Davies

15, Jan, 2022 @5:00 PM

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UK reports nearly 400 virus-linked deaths; German chancellor calls for mandatory jabs – as it happened
UK reports 129,587 new positive Covid-19 cases and 398 more deaths; Germany should make vaccinations mandatory for adults, says Olaf Scholz

Samantha Lock (now); Lucy Campbell , Georgina Quach and Martin Belam (earlier)

13, Jan, 2022 @12:47 AM

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Repeated Covid boosters not viable strategy against new variants, WHO experts warn
Experts urge development of new vaccines that protect against transmission of the virus in the first place

Samantha Lock and agencies

12, Jan, 2022 @4:03 AM

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Omicron could infect 50% of Europeans in next two months, says WHO
Europe director Hans Kluge demands immediate action to avoid Covid ‘tidal wave’ swamping health services

Jon Henley Europe correspondent

11, Jan, 2022 @2:50 PM

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‘Tit for tat’: why hunt for Covid’s origins still mired in politics and controversy
Scientific consensus absent as impasse between China and west continues to hamper tracing effort

Vincent Ni China affairs correspondent

31, Dec, 2021 @3:12 PM

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France reports over 200,000 cases; eastern Europe’s death toll reaches 1 million – as it happened
French officials report over 206,000 cases; number of people to die from Covid in eastern Europe has reached 1 million people

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

31, Dec, 2021 @12:44 AM

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Chinese police parade suspected Covid rule-breakers through streets
Four people are named and shamed – a banned practice – in city of Jingxi; WHO warns of ‘trade-off’ as countries cut back on isolation periods

Staff and agencies

30, Dec, 2021 @2:00 AM

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UK cases hit new daily record of 183,037; Spain cuts isolation period to seven days – as it happened
Case figures include delayed data from Northern Ireland; Spain cuts quarantine despite record rise in cases

Samantha Lock (now); Léonie Chao-Fong, Lucy Campbell and Nicola Slawson (earlier)

29, Dec, 2021 @11:58 PM

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Australia’s daily Covid cases could rise to 100,000 within weeks, expert predicts
Six-figure case numbers could last for a month and won’t get back to single digits for ‘a very long time’, Doherty Institute infectious disease modeller says

Elias Visontay

29, Dec, 2021 @4:30 PM

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