Thursday, January 27, 2022

World

England lifts Omicron restrictions

Health Minister Sajid Javid credits the country's booster programme for allowing restrictions to be lifted.

North Korea fires two missiles in latest testing frenzy

This would be the sixth round of missile tests this month.

Singapore shrinks as Covid takes shine off expatriate life

Covid-19 has prompted soul-searching among many relatively affluent expats in Singapore, where foreigners workers make up a fifth of the 5.5 million population.

Nothing to do with PM, British defence minister says on Kabul animal evacuation emails

Ben Wallace, whose department led the Kabul evacuation effort, says Boris Johnson never spoke to him about the issue.

Omicron subvariant appears more contagious, but not more severe, Denmark says

The BA.1 lineage currently accounts for 98% of all cases globally but in Denmark has been pushed aside by BA.2, which became the dominant strain in the second week of January.

Tesla forecasts 2022 growth above 50%, despite supply chain challenges

Tesla has fared better than most automakers in managing supply chain issues by using less scarce chips and quickly re-writing software.

Syria Kurds retake prison, ending six-day IS attack

The brazen jailbreak attempt and ensuing clashes left more than 180 dead in the jihadists' most high-profile military operation since the loss of their 'caliphate' nearly three years ago.

Denmark to lift Covid curbs in return to ‘life as we knew it’

Denmark is set to become the first European Union country to lift domestic curbs despite the Omicron wave sweeping the continent.

Prague Covid ward staff do away with protective suits

Medical staff at the Covid ward of Prague's General University Hospital now only wear face masks, gloves and plastic aprons as protective gear.

UK’s Johnson did authorise animal evacuations from Kabul, emails suggest

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson previously dismissed the claim as 'nonsense'.

Two-thirds of Omicron cases in England reinfections, study finds

The Imperial survey also confirms that Omicron, which has swept the UK since late November, is now responsible for nearly all new infections in England.

China shrugs off IMF warnings on zero-tolerance Covid approach

China says it has 'always adopted scientific, comprehensive and effective prevention and control measures'.

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