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‘Such is life’: Jacinda Ardern cancels wedding amid Omicron wave – video

The Omicron outbreak in New Zealand has forced Jacinda Ardern and partner Clarke Gayford to cancel their wedding, which was due to take place in the coming weeks at Gisborne on the North Island’s eastern coast. The prime minister said on Sunday the country would be placed on the highest level of restrictions to try to slow the spread of the variantJacinda Ardern cancels wedding as New Zealand prepares for Omicron surge Continue reading...
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Jacinda Ardern cancels wedding as New Zealand prepares for Omicron surge

Prime minister says variant is now circulating in the community but ‘we’ll do everything that we can to slow the spread’Get our free news app; get our morning email briefingOmicron has breached New Zealand’s borders and started spreading in the community, Jacinda Ardern has said, meaning the entire country will be placed on the highest level of restrictions.The outbreak has also forced the prime minister to cancel her wedding to Clarke Gayford, which was due to take place in the coming weeks at ...
Tags: Asia Pacific, New Zealand, Vaccines and immunisation, North Island, Guardian Australia, Gisborne, Jacinda Ardern, Clarke Gayford, Coronavirus, Omicron Variant


NSW and Victoria reveal back-to-school plans – as it happened

Students and teachers in NSW will be required to take rapid Covid tests twice a week when school resumes; Victoria mandates third vaccine dose for teachers and staff, masks for year three and above; NSW records 34 Covid deaths, Victoria 14 and Queensland 10; ACT reports 694 cases and no deaths, SA 2,062 cases, WA 24 as health minister signals move to ‘suppression’ strategy. This blog is now closedNSW and Victoria schools reopening plans focus on Covid surveillance testing but scrap contact traci...
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US hospitals struggle as Omicron Covid surge delays other treatments

CDC director stresses need for full vaccination as data shows vulnerabilty of those without and ER backlogs stretch for hoursThe surge in cases of the Omicron variant has not only swamped US hospitals with record numbers of patients with Covid-19, it has also caused frightening moments and major challenges for people seeking treatment for other problems.Less-urgent procedures have been put on hold. Emergency room waits are stretching hours longer than usual. Continue reading...
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Australia live news updates: NSW and Victoria reveal back-to-school plans; WA concedes it won’t eliminate Omicron; 58 Covid deaths recorded

Students and teachers in NSW will be required to take rapid Covid tests twice a week when school resumes; Victoria mandates third vaccine dose for teachers and staff, masks for year three and above; NSW records 34 Covid deaths, Victoria 14 and Queensland 10; ACT reports 694 cases and no deaths, SA 2,062 cases, WA 24 as health minister signals move to ‘suppression’ strategy. Follow liveCraig Tiley says Novak Djokovic not suing Tennis Australia and will return for 2023 Australian OpenRed alert: Ne...
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Australia live news update: nearly identical return-to-school plans for NSW and Victoria; no rapid tests for Qld students; 58 Covid deaths recorded

Students and teachers in NSW will be required to take rapid Covid tests twice a week when school resumes; Victoria mandates third vaccine dose for teachers and staff, masks for year three and above; NSW records 34 Covid deaths, Victoria 14 and Queensland 10; ACT reports 694 cases and no deaths, SA 2,062 cases. Follow liveCraig Tiley says Novak Djokovic not suing Tennis Australia and will return for 2023 Australian OpenRed alert: New Zealand prepares for thousands of Omicron cases a day with comm...
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Australia live news updates: nearly identical return-to-school plans for NSW and Victoria; 58 Covid deaths recorded nationally

Students and teachers in NSW will be required to take rapid Covid tests twice a week when school resumes; Victoria mandates third vaccine dose for teachers and staff, masks for year three and above; NSW records 34 Covid deaths, Victoria 14 and Queensland 10; ACT reports 694 cases and no deaths. Follow liveRed alert: New Zealand prepares for thousands of Omicron cases a day with community spreadPatients left without crucial information as Covid puts pressure on NSW interpreting servicesCovid-19 v...
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Red alert: PM cancels wedding as New Zealand prepares for thousands of Omicron cases a day

Prime minister Jacinda Ardern says Omicron is now circulating in the community but ‘we’ll do everything that we can to slow the spread’Get our free news app; get our morning email briefingOmicron has breached New Zealand’s borders and started spreading in the community, Jacinda Ardern has said, meaning the entire country will be placed on the highest level of restrictions.The outbreak has also forced the prime minister to cancel her wedding to Clarke Gayford, which was due to take place in the c...
Tags: Asia Pacific, New Zealand, Vaccines and immunisation, North Island, Guardian Australia, Gisborne, Jacinda Ardern, Clarke Gayford, Coronavirus, Omicron Variant


Australia live news updates: nearly identical return-to-school plans for NSW and Victoria; 48 Covid deaths recorded nationally

Students and teachers in NSW and Victoria will be required to take rapid Covid tests twice a week when school resumes with high schoolers reportedly to wear masks; NSW government distributes 6m RATs to schools. Follow liveRed alert: New Zealand prepares for thousands of Omicron cases a day with community spreadPatients left without crucial information as Covid puts pressure on NSW interpreting servicesCovid-19 vaccine Australia rollout trackerGet our free news app; get our morning email briefing...
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Red alert: New Zealand prepares for thousands of Omicron cases a day with community spread

Prime minister Jacinda Ardern says Omicron is now circulating but ‘we’ll do everything that we can to slow the spread’Get our free news app; get our morning email briefingOmicron has breached New Zealand’s borders and started spreading, Jacinda Ardern has said, meaning the entire country will be placed on the highest level of restrictions.The prime minister on Sunday said the country would try to slow the spread of Omicron but it was expected New Zealand would reach 1,000 cases a day in the comi...
Tags: Asia Pacific, New Zealand, Vaccines and immunisation, Guardian Australia, Jacinda Ardern, Omicron, Coronavirus, Omicron Variant


Australia live news updates: NSW unveils school reopening plan with RATs as state records 34 Covid deaths and Victoria 14

Students and teachers in NSW will be required to take rapid Covid tests twice a week when school resumes with high schoolers reportedly to wear masks; NSW government distributes 6m RATs to schools. Follow livePatients left without crucial information as Covid puts pressure on NSW interpreting servicesCovid-19 vaccine Australia rollout trackerGet our free news app; get our morning email briefingA search and rescue operation will resume for a fisherman missing since the early hours of Saturday aft...
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Covid live: Ireland to lift almost all curbs from 6am on Saturday; France reports 400,851 new cases — as it happened

Ireland’s premier Micheál Martin says ‘we have weathered the Omicron storm’; France reports 400,851 daily cases and 233 Covid-linked hospital deathsCovid reinfection: how likely are you to catch virus multiple times?Boris Johnson tells schools in England to end mask-wearing policyIrish taoiseach lifts one of Europe’s longest Covid clampdownsChina has reported its lowest daily tally of local confirmed Covid-19 cases in nearly two months, after a national strategy to stamp out flare-ups and lock d...
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Covid live: Ireland to lift almost all curbs from 6am on Saturday; France reports 400,851 new cases

Ireland’s premier Micheál Martin says ‘we have weathered the Omicron storm’; France reports 400,851 daily cases and 233 Covid-linked hospital deathsCovid reinfection: how likely are you to catch virus multiple times?Boris Johnson tells schools in England to end mask-wearing policyChina’s zero Covid policy ‘not sustainable’ in light of OmicronOnly two UK Covid briefings were led by a female MP, report findsAustralia’s Omicron wave has likely peaked in NSW and Victoria – expertsChina has reporte...
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One chart shows how well vaccines and boosters protect against severe Omicron compared to Delta

Jolanta Gawlik, left, gives Juliana Cepeda the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in New York.Mark Lennihan/AP Photo Booster shots appear to be at least 90% effective against hospitalization for Delta and Omicron. But Omicron poses a greater challenge to vaccine protection, according to two new CDC studies. Omicron increased the odds that vaccinated or boosted people would get infected relative to Delta. COVID-19 booster shots were effective at preventing hospitalization and death before Omicron started...
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Covid reinfection: how likely are you to catch virus multiple times?

Omicron may have affected risk in England, but other factors could include vaccination and severity of previous infectionCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAnecdotal reports of Covid reinfection in the UK are growing, including people testing positive just weeks apart in December and January, or having had the virus three or even four times. Children are also being seen with reinfections. We take a look at the science behind catching Covid multiple times. Continue readin...
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Covid live: Boris Johnson tells teachers in England to ditch masks in class; Africa sees cases ‘drop significantly’

UK prime minister calls for return of face-to-face teaching in England’s classrooms; cases sharply decline in Africa, WHO saysChina’s zero Covid policy ‘not sustainable’ in light of OmicronOnly two UK Covid briefings were led by a female MP, report findsAustralia’s Omicron wave has likely peaked in NSW and Victoria – expertsChina has reported its lowest daily tally of local confirmed Covid-19 cases in nearly two months, after a national strategy to stamp out flare-ups and lock down affected citi...
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Nation records highest death toll for the pandemic following grim two weeks of rising numbers – as it happened

Twitter apologises to politicians who experienced abuse on the platform; Pauline Hanson calls for royal commission into Covid response; Australia records its deadliest day of the pandemic with 88 deaths; AFP begins investigations into RAT price gouging; ‘If not now, when?’ asks Frydenberg on WA border. This blog is now closedWA suspends border reopening indefinitely amid Omicron spreadOmicron wave has likely peaked in NSW and Victoria, some experts sayFree rapid tests won’t be available for mill...
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Australia news live update: Pauline Hanson calls for Covid royal commission; daily death toll rises to 88; WA delays border reopening

Twitter apologises to politicians who experienced abuse on the platform; Pauline Hanson calls for royal commission into Covid response; Australia records its deadliest day of the pandemic with 88 deaths; AFP begins investigations into RAT price gouging; ‘If not now, when?’ asks Frydenberg on WA border. Follow all the day’s newsWA suspends border reopening indefinitely amid Omicron spreadOmicron wave has likely peaked in NSW and Victoria, some experts sayFree rapid tests won’t be available for mi...
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‘Not sustainable’: Omicron tests China’s zero Covid policy as first cases detected

With the Winter Olympics imminent, experts predict more extreme measures but question strategy’s wisdomCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageLike many middle class Chinese, the 26-year-old banker from Beijing spent the first two weeks of January celebrating the new year. She visited Dior, shopped at Walmart and lunched at Quanjude, the city’s best-known Peking roast duck restaurant. One evening, she watched a standup comedy show. And on one weekend, she drove with friends t...
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Australia news live update: Hanson calls for Covid royal commission; nation’s deadliest day with at least 80 deaths; WA delays border reopening

Pauline Hanson calls for royal commission into Covid response; Australia records its deadliest day of the pandemic with 80 deaths; AFP begins investigations into RAT price gouging; ‘If not now, when?’ asks Frydenberg on WA border. Follow all the day’s newsWA suspends border reopening indefinitely amid Omicron spreadOmicron wave has likely peaked in NSW and Victoria, some experts sayFree rapid tests won’t be available for millions, Australian pharmacists warnCovid vaccine rollout trackerGet our f...
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Australia news live update: nation records at least 80 Covid deaths in deadliest day yet; WA delays border reopening

Australia records its deadliest day of the pandemic with 80 deaths; AFP begins investigations into RAT price gouging; ‘If not now, when?’ asks Frydenberg on WA border. Follow all the day’s newsWA suspends border reopening indefinitely amid Omicron spreadOmicron wave has likely peaked in NSW and Victoria, some experts sayFree rapid tests won’t be available for millions, Australian pharmacists warnCovid vaccine rollout trackerGet our free news app; get our morning email briefingThe West Australian...
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Covid news live: Africa sees cases ‘drop significantly’; experts say Australia’s Omicron wave ‘likely’ peaked

Scientists say Australia’s hardest-hit states are ‘probably through the worst’ as cases are ‘levelling off’; Covid cases have sharply declined in Africa for the first time since discovery of Omicron, WHO saysAustria creates Covid lottery with €500 prizes to woo vaccine hesitantNHS England Covid absences fall amid signs staffing crisis is easing‘Dangerous’ to lift self-isolation rules for England’s care home staffUnvaccinated Chelsea players could be barred from match at LilleAustralia’s Omicron ...
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Australia news live update: NSW’s deadliest day with 46 Covid deaths including one infant; 20 deaths in Victoria, one in Tas; WA delays reopening

NSW records deadliest pandemic day with 46 Covid deaths and 25,168 cases, including one infant; Victoria records 20 deaths and 18,167 cases; Tasmania records 866 cases and one death; AFP begins investigations into RAT price gouging; ‘If not now, when?’ asks Frydenberg on WA border. Follow all the day’s newsWA suspends border reopening indefinitely amid Omicron spreadOmicron wave has likely peaked in NSW and Victoria, some experts sayFree rapid tests won’t be available for millions, Australian ph...
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Australia news live update: NSW marks deadliest day with 46 Covid deaths; 20 deaths in Victoria; WA delays border reopening

NSW records deadliest pandemic day with 46 Covid deaths and 25,168 cases; Victoria records 20 deaths and 18,167 cases; AFP begins investigations into RAT price gouging; ‘If not now, when?’ asks Frydenberg on WA border; hundreds of childcare centres closed; states expected to announce back to school plans following national cabinet. Follow all the day’s newsWA suspends border reopening indefinitely amid Omicron spreadOmicron wave has likely peaked in NSW and Victoria, some experts sayFree rapid t...
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Australia Covid news live update: Western Australia delays border reopening; states expected to announce back to school plans

WA premier Mark McGowan says it would be ‘reckless’ to remove border restrictions given the Omicron outbreak in eastern states; states expected to announce back to school plans following national cabinet. Follow all the day’s newsWA suspends border reopening indefinitely amid Omicron spreadOmicron wave has likely peaked in NSW and Victoria, some experts sayGet our free news app; get our morning email briefingThe West Australian paper certainly isn’t mincing words with their views on the indefini...
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Australia Covid news live: Western Australia delays border reopening; states expected to announce back to school plans

WA premier Mark McGowan says it would be ‘reckless’ to remove border restrictions given the Omicron outbreak in eastern states; plus states expected to announce back to school plans following national cabinet. Follow all the day’s newsWestern Australia suspends border reopening indefinitely amid Omicron spreadOmicron wave has likely peaked in NSW and Victoria, some experts say\Get our free news app; get our morning email briefingGood morning everyone and welcome to Friday (finally!), it’s Matild...
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Covid live: France announces lockdown relaxation; Austrian parliament approves mandatory vaccination

French PM says from February work from home guidance will be changed and nightclubs reopen; Austria will have Europe’s first universal jabs mandateAustria creates Covid lottery with €500 prizes to woo vaccine hesitantNHS England Covid absences fall amid signs staffing crisis is easing‘Dangerous’ to lift self-isolation rules for England’s care home staffUnvaccinated Chelsea players could be barred from match at LilleBoris Johnson, Covid and the UK – latest updatesHong Kong will likely suspend fac...
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Omicron is a 'different beast' in kids, but it doesn't seem more dangerous, disease experts say

Mark Barsoun helps his son Jordan Barsoun, 4, with the swab for a rapid COVID-19 test at Palos Verdes High School in Palos Verdes Estates on Tuesday, August 24, 2021.Brittany Murray/MediaNews Group/Long Beach Press-Telegram via Getty Images The US recorded nearly 1 million child COVID-19 cases last week — its highest-ever weekly count. Omicron has made pediatric cases more prevalent, but it doesn't appear to be more virulent in kids. Doctors have detected unique symptoms, including croup ...
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Austria creates Covid lottery with €500 prizes to woo vaccine hesitant

Carrot-and-stick approach includes vaccine mandate and lottery tickets for fully inoculated Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAustria has announced plans to give Covid-19 vaccine recipients an almost one-in-three chance to win a €500 (£415) gift voucher while MPs voted to fine those who decline it, as the Alpine republic implements its “carrot and stick” strategy for overcoming reluctance to take the jab.The conservative-green coalition government of chancellor Karl Neh...
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Covid live: UK reports 330 more deaths and over 100,000 cases; France to announce timetable for easing curbs tonight

Latest UK figures come as England prepares to lift remaining Covid restrictions; France to unveil timetable for easing restrictions at 7pmNHS England Covid absences fall amid signs staffing crisis is easing‘Dangerous’ to lift self-isolation rules for England’s care home staffUnvaccinated Chelsea players could be barred from match at LilleIncreased Covid risk ‘trade-off’ in reopening Australian schoolsBoris Johnson, Covid and the UK – latest updatesHong Kong will likely suspend face-to-face teach...
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