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Beijing punishes local officials for handling of deadly Henan floods

The government has called the Henan floods the worst since China began keeping meteorological records.

UK says Omicron sub-lineage a ‘variant under investigation’

BA.2 does not have the specific mutation seen with Omicron that can be used as a proxy to easily distinguish it from Delta.

Pandemic darlings face the boot as investors eye return to normal life

Life is returning to something approaching normality in many countries, leaving companies like Netflix and Peloton struggling to sustain high sales figures.

EU told to prepare for fourth Covid vaccine doses, if needed

Vaccines adapted to Omicron could be ready as early as March, but the EU drugs regulator has said it is not yet clear whether they are needed.

As Japan infections surge, so does risk of pandemic fatigue

Studies of mobile phone traffic, train usage and other mobility data suggest levels of compliance by the public have steadily decreased.

Samsung pulls Singapore drag queen ad after backlash

The ad touched off a wave of online criticism, with one group labelling it 'an unfortunate attempt to push the LGBT ideology into a largely conservative Muslim community'.

Singapore approves booster jabs for teens

Teenagers aged 12 to 17 will be able to receive booster shots from next month.

Qantas to cut more domestic capacity after Western Australia delays border opening

The opening planned for Feb 5, was cancelled late on Thursday, with authorities in Western Australia citing health risks from a surge in the Omicron variant of coronavirus in eastern states.

Hong Kong says will deal with those trying to prevent Covid hamster cull

Authorities say any effort to try to save hamsters will be dealt with, even if that means calling in the law.

Daily local Covid cases fall to nearly 2-month low in China

There were no new deaths, leaving the death toll at 4,636.

Western Australia state to stay shut as Omicron stalks the east

The state of 2.7 million has for months been effectively closed off to the rest of the country and the outside world, taking advantage of its natural isolation to keep cases low.

UK turns down application to build UK-France power cable

The project, run by investment firm Aquind, aims to link the power grids of Britain and France to make energy markets more efficient, improve supplies and greater flexibility.

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