Covid news live: WHO advises vulnerable or unvaccinated against travel over Omicron

3.58am GMT03:58 A northern Chinese city bordering Russia has halted rail imports including coal and timber on Wednesday over fears of a fresh cluster of Covid-19 infections. Health authorities reported 91 new cases in or close to Manzhouli – a city of 231,000 in Inner Mongolia that handles more than 65% of China-Russia trade – … Read more

UK Covid live: Sajid Javid makes statement to MPs on Omicron variant and booster vaccines

Move comes as more cases of Omicron variant identified in UK Minimum gap for Covid booster jabs to be halved to three months UK science advisers brace for hundreds of confirmed Omicron cases What do new measures to tackle Omicron variant mean for UK travellers? Global coronavirus updates – live Sturgeon stresses that there is … 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

Australia live news updates: nation on alert over Omicron Covid strain; five coronavirus deaths in Victoria; Warragamba Dam spills amid NSW flood warnings

Good morning everyone and welcome to Saturday. This is Ben Smee in Brisbane bringing you the weekend version of Guardian Australia’s live news blog. As always, there’s a bit to get through. All eyes are on Australia’s reaction to the new and stronger Covid variant threatening to spread from southern Africa. The latest variant, given … Read more

Covid live: Germany to join other countries in restricting travel from South Africa over new variant fears

It has mutations consistent with the Delta variant, which does spread more quickly, but transmissibility and spread is not just as simple as this amino acid does this or this does that, it’s more like a team on things. So you can sometimes have the mutations all together but they won’t be effective as a … Read more

Covid news live: Germany death toll passes 100,000; vaccines giving people ‘false sense of security’, WHO says

Aboriginal elders, health organisations and frontline workers in the Australia’s Northern Territory’s Covid outbreak have lashed out at false information about public health measures on social media, with the NT chief minister blaming the misinformation on “tinfoil hat wearing tossers, sitting in their parents’ basements in Florida”. Over the past few days false claims have … Read more

Covid news live: South Korea reports record daily cases; more face mask use ‘could save 160,000 lives in Europe this winter’

We’re seeing waning immunity of vaccines, especially after the 30 week mark. We’ve got 45-47% of the entire population [of Europe] unvaccinated. Let me be absolutely clear, the majority of people in intensive care units today are the unvaccinated. But there are other compounding factors. Winter. There is a seasonality observation we’re making at the … Read more

Covid news live: Austria enters nationwide lockdown; Australia eases international border restrictions

9.20am GMT09:20 Dr David Nabarro, a World Health Organisation special envoy on Covid-19, has told Sky News he can understand the protests in Europe but added: “I’m really very, very anxious about what I’m seeing right across Europe, including now in Western Europe – these very large numbers of cases – but also the speed … Read more

Coronavirus live: Dutch anti-lockdown unrest spreads; UK to review racial bias of medical devices

Riot police officers stand in position in a street of The Hague during a demonstration against the Dutch government’s coronavirus measures Photograph: Danny Kemp/AFP/Getty Images Thousands of people have taken to the streets in cities across Europe and Australia as anger mounted over fresh Covid restrictions imposed against a resurgent pandemic, according to a roundup … Read more

Australia live news updates: Victoria reports five Covid deaths and 1,166 cases as protests expected to escalate; William Tyrrell search in sixth day

Good morning, I’m Stephanie Convery and I will be taking you through the news of the day for those of you up bright and early to read about it. We’re expecting protests outside Victoria’s state parliament to escalate today as anti-fascist activists vow to counter-rally against another wave of planned “freedom rallies” they claim have … Read more