Covid news live: Hong Kong to ban non-resident arrivals from Australia, Canada and parts of Europe; WHO warns Omicron poses ‘very high’ risk

Hong Kong has banned non-residents from entering the city from four African countries and plans to expand that to travellers who have been to Australia, Canada, Israel and six European countries in the past 21 days due to fears over Omicron. The food and health secretary, Prof Sophia Chan, made the announcement at a press … Read more

Sweden’s lawmakers elect first female Prime Minister — again

Andersson was first chosen to be prime minister last week, but she quit the same day after her proposed budget was defeated and the coalition government she hoped to lead broke down. Now she has again been appointed to the role by Sweden’s Parliament, and intends to form a minority government of only her own … Read more

Covid-struck Czech President appoints new Prime Minister from inside a glass box

Zeman tested positive for the coronavirus earlier this week, and is currently recovering after a lengthy stay at a hospital for non-Covid related serious illness at the presidential retreat in Lany, west of the capital city of Prague. Fiala, like everyone else at the ceremony, was wearing a respirator when he signed the official document … Read more

Covid live news: UK, Germany and Italy detect Omicron cases; Israel bans all visitors

2.13am GMT02:13 Israel bans all foreigners from midnight on Sunday Israel is banning the entry of all foreigners into the country, making it the first country to shut its borders completely in response to the Omicron variant. It also said it would use counter-terrorism phone-tracking technology in order to contain the spread of the Omicron … Read more

Australia Covid news live: country braces for Omicron as states and territories tighten border restrictions on overseas arrivals

Allowing travellers from Japan and South Korea into Australia without needing to quarantine from Wednesday will go ahead as planned at this stage, Trade Minister Dan Tehan says. However, the Morrison government is keeping a watchful eye on developments surrounding the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus. Australia has shut its borders to nine southern … Read more

Covid live: suspected German and Czech Omicron cases; UK expert says pandemic ‘reboot’ unlikely

Movement restrictions, including international travel bans do clearly slow and limit the spread of infectious disease, and as is the case is with the current pandemic, allow countries the time and breathing space to prepare medical countermeasures as well as adapt strategies to control local outbreaks. While for drug and vaccine manufacturers, largely based in … Read more

‘We are sick of double speak’: French government intensifies attack on Johnson over Channel tragedy – live

[The agreement] entails Plaid Cymru transforming itself from a traditional opposition party in the Westminster sense to something new and refreshingly different, a co-opposition party, co-operating where possible, while continuing to oppose, and to scutinise and criticise where necessary. There is no precedent for what we are about to embark upon in the politics of … Read more

A tragedy in the Channel

Pregnant women and three children were among the 27 people who drowned trying to cross the Channel in an inflatable boat. The tragedy occurred on Wednesday and is the deadliest incident since the migration crisis began. Diane Taylor has been reporting on the crisis from both sides of the Channel for years as people-smugglers have … Read more