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 2021-12-07 22:00 

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Omicron puts travel bans and vaccines inequity front and centre in pandemic politics...

When South African officials held a briefing introducing a new and worrying coronavirus variant late last month, the reaction was swift: countries around the world threw up travel bans, decimating flight schedules and isolating nations across southern Afr...

 2021-12-07 21:59 

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Nearly 70 doctors and nurses at Spanish hospital positive for coronavirus after Christmas party...

Nearly 70 nurses and doctors working in the intensive care unit at a Spanish hospital have tested positive for Covid-19 after attending a Christmas party, health authorities said on Monday.Sixty-eight health workers at the University Regional Hospital in ...

 2021-12-07 14:30 

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Coronavirus: Britain's vaccine booster programme hits snag as Omicron spreads...

Britain's operation to roll out Covid-19 booster shots to all adults is struggling to pick up speed even as the Omicron variant spreads rapidly across the country.Fewer UK adults received a third shot of vaccine on Saturday than they did seven days ea...

 2021-12-07 11:34 

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Coronavirus: Singapore says Delta wave subsiding; Japan's death rate plummets...

Singapore has seen a sharp drop in Covid-19 community cases over the last month, along with significant easing in local hospitals.The city state logged 638 local cases on December 6, more than 400 below the same day last week, and less than half what it w...

 2021-12-07 04:51 

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Coronavirus: Hong Kong will consider vaccine passports if necessary, but city has 'not hit that stage yet', Carrie Lam says...

A vaccine passport that would bar unjabbed residents from numerous Hong Kong venues will remain in the government's toolkit should its Covid-19 inoculation campaign need a boost, Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor has said, but the city has &#...

 2021-12-07 02:00 

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Operation Santa Claus: Swedish winter magic for Hong Kong's underprivileged at Christmas event...

After a hiatus last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Swedish consulate is back to bringing winter magic to the needy in Hong Kong through its annual Christmas event.The Swedish Winter 2021, held on November 26 and 27 at Tai Kwun Centre for Herita...

 2021-12-06 23:44 

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Omicron vs Delta: battle of coronavirus mutants is critical...

As the Omicron coronavirus variant spreads in southern Africa and pops up in countries all around the world, scientists are anxiously watching a battle play out that could determine the future of the pandemic. Can the latest competitor to the world-domina...

 2021-12-06 16:07 

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Coronavirus: Hong Kong restaurants fear revenues could fall 20 per cent under vaccine passport scheme...

Hong Kong's restaurant industry has warned takings could nosedive 20 per cent if a Covid-19 vaccine passport plan goes ahead, while some residents say they will wait to see the scheme's impact before deciding whether to get inoculated.The Post has...

 2021-12-06 14:54 

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Malaria made a comeback amid pandemic disruption, WHO says...

The coronavirus pandemic has derailed the global campaign against malaria, increasing deaths from the mosquito-borne disease for the first time in three years.The number of malaria cases and deaths in 2020 were at least 40 per cent higher than the Word He...

 2021-12-06 13:26 

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China equipped to stop Omicron if it arrives, Beijing official says...

The Chinese authorities are ready to rapidly identify the new coronavirus variant Omicron if it reaches Beijing, a health official said on Monday."We have established the testing capacity for mutant strains to prevent and control Omicron," said Ya...

 2021-12-06 10:12 

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Omicron variant: Hong Kong set to require two-thirds of diners in all restaurants to have had coronavirus jab...

Two-thirds of diners in a restaurant will be required to be inoculated against Covid-19 from January at the earliest as the government seeks to boost Hong Kong's vaccination rate amid growing concerns over the Omicron coronavirus variant, the Post has...

 2021-12-06 09:30 

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Omicron variant likely born of HIV patient, says South African scientist who discovered it...

The Omicron variant, now present in at least 23 countries around the world, was probably incubated in the body of a person with an immune system battered by HIV or another immune-compromising condition that can cause a prolonged coronavirus infection, acc...

 2021-12-06 03:08 

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Coronavirus: Singapore says rapid antigen tests effective in detecting Omicron; new variant cases rise in Australia...

Rapid antigen tests are effective in detecting Omicron infections and so will remain part of Singapore's arsenal for dealing with the new variant and pandemic, the city state's health ministry said.Singapore has been closely monitoring studies on ...

 2021-12-06 01:00 

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Coronavirus: WHO appeals to Chinese pharmaceutical firms to share vaccine patents...

The World Health Organization is in contact with two major Chinese vaccine developers in the hope they will share the patents for their Covid-19 jabs.The WHO has repeatedly called for sharing Covid-19 vaccine patents to increase supplies and ensure equita...

 2021-12-05 19:30 

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Coronavirus: Protest against Covid-19 restrictions turns violent in Brussels...

Police fired tear gas and used water cannon on Sunday to disperse protesters pelting officers with cobblestones and fireworks as a demonstration in Brussels over government-imposed Covid-19 restrictions turned violent.A few thousand protesters marched pea...

 2021-12-05 19:08 

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Jordan court jails health officials over Covid-19 oxygen deaths...

A Jordanian court sentenced five senior health officials to three years in prison on Sunday for causing the death of 10 Covid-19 patients following an oxygen outage in a major state hospital, state media said.The court found the former director of the sta...

 2021-12-05 17:24 

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Coronavirus: Early feedback on Omicron case severity is 'encouraging' says Antony Fauci...

Early indications of the severity of the Omicron Covid-19 variant are "a bit encouraging," top US pandemic adviser Anthony Fauci said on Sunday, while cautioning more information was still needed."Omicron has a transmission advantage" in S...

 2021-12-05 13:50 

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Brain drain in Hong Kong education sector an 'imminent issue', warns top adviser to city leader...

A top adviser to Hong Kong's leader warned on Sunday that retaining talent in the education sector was an "imminent issue" amid a wave of emigration and the coronavirus pandemic, with travel restrictions forcing some teachers, including expatr...

 2021-12-05 13:32 

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Nearly half of unvaccinated Hongkongers say they will not get jabbed, but majority of residents ready to shift to coexisting with Covid-19, survey finds...

Nearly half of unvaccinated Hongkongers say they will not be getting inoculated against Covid-19, despite a healthy majority of residents saying they are ready to transition to a strategy of coexisting with the virus, according to a new survey.Experts sai...

 2021-12-05 12:26 

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Norway Christmas party largest Omicron superspreader outside South Africa...

A corporate Christmas party in Norway turned into an Omicron super spreader event, with up to 60 people possibly infected, officials say. The outbreak has become the biggest outside of South Africa, where researchers first detected the new coronavirus var...

 2021-12-05 07:54 

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Coronavirus: Swiss International Air Lines suspends flights to Hong Kong over strict quarantine regime; city confirms 9 new cases...

Switzerland's flag carrier has suspended flights in and out of Hong Kong for at least a week, citing the city's tightened coronavirus quarantine measures for aircrew.Four Zurich-to-Hong Kong flights will be cancelled, with the suspension set to be...

 2021-12-05 07:11 

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Coronavirus: officials punished as China races to contain Inner Mongolia outbreak...

The northern Chinese border city of Manzhouli reported 30 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday, down from 58 community cases a day earlier.The National Health Commission (NHC) said on Sunday that mainland China reported 42 new local transmitted cases overall, i...

 2021-12-05 01:00 

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Omicron shelves Japan's reopening, but in post-Chinese tourism era, businesses are back in blossom...

Ryohei Shimazaki ploughed a hefty slice of his savings into his dream retirement business: a boutique cafe in Kamakura, about an hour south of Tokyo. With its temples, shrines, and Japan's largest seated Buddha, the old capital oozes with the kind of ...

 2021-12-04 19:24 

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Britain tightens coronavirus testing for inbound travellers, adds Nigeria to red list...

Britain will require all inbound travellers to take a pre-departure Covid-19 test, and arrivals from Nigeria will have to quarantine in hotels to slow the spread of the Omicron variant, health minister Sajid Javid said on Saturday.Prime Minister Boris Joh...

 2021-12-04 18:35 

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UK Labour Party complains to police about festive parties held by PM Boris Johnson last year...

Britain's opposition Labour Party has raised complaints to police about Christmas parties held by Prime Minister Boris Johnson's staff in his office last year in breach of coronavirus restrictions.The reports surfaced as many in the UK and elsewhe...

 2021-12-04 16:58 

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Thousands march in Austria and the Netherlands against coronavirus lockdowns...

Thousands of people marched through Vienna on Saturday to protest against restrictions on public life designed to curb the coronavirus pandemic.Faced with surging daily infections, the government last month made Austria the first country in western Europe...

 2021-12-04 14:00 

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Coronavirus: Merkel uses final podcast episode to urge Germans to get vaccinated...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday urged Germans to get vaccinated against Covid-19, speaking days ahead of leaving office in the final episode of more than 600 weekly video podcasts."I once again emphatically ask you to take this tricky viru...

 2021-12-04 06:28 

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Coronavirus: Italian man's attempt to get vaccinated in a fake arm falls flat...

An Italian man who wanted a coronavirus vaccine certificate without actually having the jab tried to play the system by presenting health workers with a fake arm, an official said on Friday.Despite the realistic skin colour, nobody was fooled by the silic...

 2021-12-04 05:49 

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Coronavirus: Hong Kong restaurant industry expects exemptions for kids, elderly when 'Leave Home Safe' app becomes mandatory next week...

A new mandate requiring the use of Hong Kong's Covid-19 contact-tracing app at city restaurants from December 9 is likely to see exemptions made for children and the elderly, many of whom do not own smartphones, an industry leader has said.Simon Wong ...

 2021-12-04 03:28 

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Coronavirus: Sydney Omicron cluster grows; cases and deaths shoot up in South Korea...

The Omicron coronavirus variant spread in Australia on Saturday, testing plans to reopen the economy as a cluster in Sydney grew to 13 cases and an infection was suspected in the state of Queensland.Federal authorities are sticking with a plan to reopen t...

 2021-12-03 23:31 

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Coronavirus: WHO says no Omicron deaths yet as variant detected in 38 countries...

The Omicron coronavirus variant has been detected in 38 countries but no deaths have yet been reported, the WHO said on Friday, as authorities worldwide rushed to stem the heavily mutated Covid-19 strain's spread amid warnings that it could damage the...

 2021-12-03 17:50 

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Black and Asian Britons have higher coronavirus death rates, report reveals...

Almost two years into the pandemic, black people and members of other racial and ethnic minority groups in Britain are still dying from coronavirus at higher rates than white residents, probably because of lower vaccination rates, a government-commissione...

 2021-12-03 14:31 

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Switzerland: 2,000 people, mostly children, quarantined after two Covid-19 Omicron cases at international school...

About 1,600 children and 400 other people have been quarantined at Lake Geneva in western Switzerland because of two cases of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.The two cases at an international school were linked to a family member who had returned f...

 2021-12-03 11:56 

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Covid-19 testing daily as China fights latest epicentre on Russia border...

The small city of Manzhouli on the Chinese-Russian border has begun its sixth round of mass testing as the epicentre of China's latest coronavirus outbreak struggles to get infections under control.The National Health Commission (NHC) on Friday report...

 2021-12-03 09:30 

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Omicron has 'substantial' ability to evade natural immunity, South African researchers say...

The Omicron coronavirus strain has shown "substantial"; ability to evade natural immunity and increases the risk of reinfection, South African scientists at the forefront of researching the new variant of concern have found.Early evidence presented...

 2021-12-03 09:25 

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Omicron variant: Cathay Pacific cancels 23 more Hong Kong flights, as airlines brace for tougher Covid-19 rules...

Cathay Pacific has cancelled a third of its Friday flights amid the fallout over Hong Kong's planned tightening of aircrew rules to prevent the Omicron coronavirus variant seeping into the community.According to live flight data, 23 Cathay services ha...

 2021-12-03 02:02 

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China's services sector activity expands at slower pace amid rising inflation pressures, Covid-19 outbreaks...

Activity in China's services sector expanded at a slower pace in November amid rising inflationary pressures and continuing small-scale coronavirus outbreaks, a private survey showed on Friday.The Caixin/Markit services purchasing managers' index ...

 2021-12-03 00:53 

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Coronavirus: Auckland exits lockdown after 107 days as New Zealand adopts new pandemic strategy...

New Zealand's largest city has exited lockdown after 107 days, bringing relief to its residents but also signalling the likely spread of Covid-19 to the rest of the country.Auckland cafes, bars and restaurants opened their doors on Friday for the firs...

 2021-12-03 00:15 

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Chinese scientists targeted by anti-Asian hate in America may find welcome in Hong Kong...

"All men are created equal." So says the American Declaration of Independence, but some may be more equal than others.Tensions between the United States and China, Trump calling coronavirus the "China virus", alarming hate crimes against A...

 2021-12-02 22:57 

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Reinfections three times more likely with Omicron coronavirus variant, South African scientists say...

A preliminary study by South African scientists published Thursday suggests the Omicron variant is three times more likely to cause reinfections compared to the Delta or Beta strains.The findings, based on data collected by the country's health system...

 2021-12-02 20:10 

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Joe Biden unveils winter coronavirus strategy as US sees second Omicron case...

With rising numbers of Covid-19 cases predicted this winter, US President Joe Biden on Thursday appealed for Americans to get their boosters and get behind his plan to tackle the new Omicron variant through wider availability of vaccines and shots, but wi...

 2021-12-02 16:09 

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No jab, no joining in: Germany excludes those without coronavirus vaccine from public life...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday that people who are not vaccinated will be excluded from non-essential stores, cultural and recreational venues, and that parliament will consider a general vaccine mandate, as part of an effort to curb cor...

 2021-12-02 15:30 

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Omicron spreading quicker than all other Covid-19 variants in South African 'epicentre'...

The Omicron coronavirus variant is spreading faster in Gauteng, the epicentre of the latest outbreak in South Africa, than the Delta strain or any of the earlier mutations, an adviser to the provincial government said.There is the "strongest accelerat...

 2021-12-02 11:55 

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Hong Kong's largest business lobby predicts further growth in 2022 but warns of Omicron risks to economy...

Hong Kong's largest business association expects the city's economic recovery will continue into next year and predicts 2.8 per cent growth in gross domestic product, but warns the unfolding Omicron variant of the coronavirus presents fresh uncert...

 2021-12-02 11:01 

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Possible new links between AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine and blood clots identified...

Scientists have identified a possible reason the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine may cause blood clots, after use of the shot was limited globally to prevent the rare side effect.The preclinical research, conducted with AstraZeneca, found the interaction bet...

 2021-12-02 09:06 

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Coronavirus: gut bacteria can help boost antibody response to Covid-19 vaccines, Hong Kong study shows...

A type of probiotic bacteria in the gut has the potential to improve a person's antibody response to Covid-19 vaccines, researchers at two Hong Kong universities have found.The joint study by Chinese University (CUHK) and the University of Hong Kong (...

 2021-12-02 06:55 

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Coronavirus: Hong Kong health code compatible with mainland China and Macau's to launch next week as border reopening comes into sight...

Hong Kong will launch a long-awaited Covid-19 health code compatible with the version used in mainland China on December 10, one of the final pieces of the puzzle needed for a reopening of cross-border travel.The city's risk-exposure "Leave Home S...

 2021-12-02 02:00 

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Hong Kong demands airlines use separate crew for mainland China flights as coronavirus' Omicron variant prompts tough new measures...

Hong Kong health officials have asked airlines to begin maintaining separate teams that will fly exclusively to and from mainland China to further reduce the risk of Covid-19 entering the country, the Post has learned.The decision to separate China aircre...

 2021-12-02 02:00 

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Operation Santa Claus: Credit Suisse charity drive pushes ahead despite Covid-19 challenges...

The coronavirus pandemic may have scaled down Credit Suisse's charity drive over the past two years, but that has not stopped the banking giant's employees from coming up with ways to reach out to the needy in Hong Kong.Fundraising events remained...

 2021-12-02 01:17 

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Coronavirus: South Korea axes quarantine exemptions to tackle Omicron as cases hit new high...

South Korea's daily record of coronavirus cases reached a fresh high on Thursday, as authorities halted quarantine exemptions for fully vaccinated inbound travellers for two weeks in a bid to fend off the Omicron variant.The Korea Disease Control and ...

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