Covid news live: Omicron likely to become dominant variant, Harvard researcher says; France to close nightclubs

10.58pm EST 22:58 Thailand hopes for sustainable post-Covid comeback Thailand is hoping to make its idyllic Phi Phi islands a more sustainable model of tourism as the country reopens to visitors, Agence France-Presse reports. Before the pandemic, Phi Phi National Marine Park attracted more than two million visitors a year and Maya Bay drew up … Read more

Covid news live: Omicron found in one-third of US states but early reports on severity are ‘encouraging’, Fauci says

8.57pm EST 20:57 Early reports on Omicron severity are ‘encouraging’, Fauci says Martin Pengelly Dr Anthony Fauci said on Sunday the threat to the US from the Omicron variant remained to be determined – but that signs from South Africa, where the variant emerged, were encouraging. “Clearly in South Africa Omicron has a transmission advantage,” … Read more