Omicron: How do you detect it?

By Philippa RoxbyHealth reporter Image source, Getty Images 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. What tests are used to detect Omicron? Swabs from PCR tests, which are sent to … Read more

Amid ongoing human rights concerns, World Cup chief promises Qatar is ‘tolerant’ and ‘welcoming’

Nasser Al Khater, the chief executive of the tournament’s organizing committee, insists that Qatar has been treated “unfairly and unjustly” since it earned the right to host the tournament 11 years ago. In response to Cavallo’s fears, Al Khater said: “On the contrary, we welcome him here in the state of Qatar, we welcome him … Read more

Nasa postpones spacewalk citing ‘debris notification’ for ISS

Nasa has indefinitely postponed a spacewalk planned for Tuesday by two astronauts outside the International Space Station, citing a “debris notification” for the orbiting research laboratory. Astronauts Thomas Marshburn and Kayla Barron had been due to venture outside the space station to replace a failed antenna, facing what Nasa officials had said was a slightly … Read more

Judge Delays Aung San Suu Kyi Trial in Myanmar

ImageA protester holding up a poster featuring Aung San Suu Kyi during a demonstration against the military coup in front of the Central Bank of Myanmar in Yangon in February. Credit…Agence France-Presse — Getty Images A judge in Myanmar on Tuesday delayed the announcement of a highly anticipated verdict against the country’s ousted civilian leader, Daw … Read more

The 50 best albums of 2021: 50-41

This list is drawn from votes by Guardian music critics – each critic votes for their Top 20 albums, with points allocated for each placing. Check in every weekday to see our next picks, and please share your own favourite albums of 2021 in the comments below. 50 Agnes – Magic Still Exists The Swedish … Read more

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