Busting the Merkel Myth

Press play to listen to this article BERLIN — In an age of us-versus-them politics, soon-to-be ex-German Chancellor Angela Merkel might be the only prominent international leader the global demos can actually agree on. From Poland to Peru, clear majorities profess a favorable view of the East German physicist-turned-politician, whose 16-year tenure running Europe’s largest … 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

Omicron: Timeline from discovery to arrival in the UK and the consequences since

T wo cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant have been detected in the UK and measures are being introduced to slow its spread. Here, the PA news agency looks at how the variant went from an emerging cause for concern in southern parts of Africa to arriving in the country. UK scientists first become aware … Read more

Fears for Christmas as travel ban ‘can only DELAY new Covid strain’

Britons were put on alert for a Christmas lockdown today as ministers and experts warned travel bans can only delay a new feared ‘super-mutant’ strain coming to the UK.  Scientists insisted people must be braced for a ‘change in restrictions’ amid growing alarm at the emergence of a ‘worst-ever’ Covid variant that could make vaccines … Read more

New coronavirus variant detected in Belgium as Europe bans Southern Africa travel

European countries agreed Friday to restrict Southern Africa travel, citing concerns over a new coronavirus strain detected there that the World Health Organization designated as a “variant of concern.” The global health body said the new strain, which it named “Omicron,” appeared to be more contagious than earlier versions — able to evade the immunity gained through vaccination or prior infection. … Read more

South Africa could go on new red travel list as early as TOMORROW over fears of mutant strain

Sajid Javid tonight sounded the alarm over a new ‘worst-ever’ super-mutant Covid variant that will make vaccines at least 40 per cent less effective – forcing flights to be banned from South Africa and five other countries. Experts explained earlier how the B.1.1.529 variant has more than 30 mutations – the most ever recorded in a … Read more

England adds six African countries to travel red list over new COVID strain

England has introduced strict new travel conditions for six African countries, including South Africa, due to growing concern over a newly discovered coronavirus variant, the British health secretary said Thursday. From noon Friday, South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho and Eswatini will be added to England’s travel red list, Sajid Javid announced, meaning British and … Read more

Six African countries added to red list amid fears over Covid variant

A rrivals from six African countries to the UK will have to quarantine following the emergence of a new Covid variant, which some experts say is the “worst one we’ve seen so far”. Flights from South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Botswana, Eswatini and Zimbabwe will be suspended from midday on Friday and all six countries will … Read more