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Coronavirus: South Korea’s new cases top 7,000 for first time as restrictions eased

Hospital capacity is under strain as deaths and severe cases rise after Seoul began to ease curbs under its ‘living with Covid-19’ scheme.

Hospital capacity is under strain as deaths and severe cases rise after Seoul began to ease curbs under its ‘living with Covid-19’ scheme.

Coronavirus: South Korea’s new cases top 7,000 for first time as restrictions eased
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Coronavirus: Britain’s vaccine booster programme hits snag as Omicron spreads

Those aged under 40 remain unable to book a third shot of vaccine using the UK government’s website.

Those aged under 40 remain unable to book a third shot of vaccine using the UK government’s website.

Coronavirus: Britain’s vaccine booster programme hits snag as Omicron spreads
8 Dec 2021 - 1:26AM
Coronavirus: Singapore says Delta wave subsiding; Japan’s death rate plummets

Singapore’s health ministry says it will end its daily press releases on infection statistics from December 7 ‘as the current wave of Delta infections subsides’.

Singapore’s health ministry says it will end its daily press releases on infection statistics from December 7 ‘as the current wave of Delta infections subsides’.

Coronavirus: Singapore says Delta wave subsiding; Japan’s death rate plummets
7 Dec 2021 - 11:42PM
Olaf Scholz to take charge as Germany’s chancellor as Angela Merkel era ends

Olaf Scholz is due to be elected as Germany’s chancellor in parliament on December 8, ending Angela Merkel’s 16-year tenure.

Olaf Scholz is due to be elected as Germany’s chancellor in parliament on December 8, ending Angela Merkel’s 16-year tenure.

Olaf Scholz to take charge as Germany’s chancellor as Angela Merkel era ends
7 Dec 2021 - 4:30PM
Coronavirus: Singapore says rapid antigen tests effective in detecting Omicron; Thailand sees first case linked to new variant

Singapore, which has used ARTs to resume some large-scale events, said the tests will remain part of its strategy for dealing with the new strain.

Singapore, which has used ARTs to resume some large-scale events, said the tests will remain part of its strategy for dealing with the new strain.

Coronavirus: Singapore says rapid antigen tests effective in detecting Omicron; Thailand sees first case linked to new variant
6 Dec 2021 - 5:49PM
South Africa pull off Dubai Sevens rugby double, as Fiji fail to make quarter finals for only second time in world series history

Late winners in semi-final and final see Blitzboks win fourth tournament in a row. South Africa became the first team to win three successive Dubai titles since New Zealand in 2002.

Late winners in semi-final and final see Blitzboks win fourth tournament in a row. South Africa became the first team to win three successive Dubai titles since New Zealand in 2002.

South Africa pull off Dubai Sevens rugby double, as Fiji fail to make quarter finals for only second time in world series history
5 Dec 2021 - 3:00PM
Coronavirus: Sydney Omicron cluster grows; cases and deaths shoot up in South Korea

The number of Omicron cases in the Australian city climbed to 13 as some state governments moved to tighten their domestic border controls.

The number of Omicron cases in the Australian city climbed to 13 as some state governments moved to tighten their domestic border controls.

Coronavirus: Sydney Omicron cluster grows; cases and deaths shoot up in South Korea
4 Dec 2021 - 6:26PM
Nasa awards US$415 million to fund three commercial space stations

Nasa hopes the commercial space stations will eventually replace the International Space Station, which is due to retire around the end of the decade.

Nasa hopes the commercial space stations will eventually replace the International Space Station, which is due to retire around the end of the decade.

Nasa awards US$415 million to fund three commercial space stations
3 Dec 2021 - 10:35AM
Coronavirus: Australia reports first local Omicron case; South Korea expands use of vaccine pass

Infection in a Sydney school student raises the possibility that the new variant may already be spreading more widely in the community.

Infection in a Sydney school student raises the possibility that the new variant may already be spreading more widely in the community.

Coronavirus: Australia reports first local Omicron case; South Korea expands use of vaccine pass
3 Dec 2021 - 7:49PM
Coronavirus: India reports first Omicron cases; Japan lifts blanket ban on new flight bookings

Australia’s chief medical officer said there’s no proof to suggest that existing Covid-19 vaccines don’t work against the new variant.

Australia’s chief medical officer said there’s no proof to suggest that existing Covid-19 vaccines don’t work against the new variant.

Coronavirus: India reports first Omicron cases; Japan lifts blanket ban on new flight bookings
2 Dec 2021 - 9:46PM
Coronavirus: Sydney braces for more Omicron cases; South Korea’s daily infections exceed 5,000 for first time

NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard ruled out lockdowns to contain the variant after at least two travellers visited several places in Sydney while likely infectious.

NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard ruled out lockdowns to contain the variant after at least two travellers visited several places in Sydney while likely infectious.

Coronavirus: Sydney braces for more Omicron cases; South Korea’s daily infections exceed 5,000 for first time
1 Dec 2021 - 11:28PM
Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player lead tributes after Lee Elder, first black golfer to play at the Masters, dies at age 87

Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player lead tributes to man who broke colour barrier at Augusta National in 1975.

Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player lead tributes to man who broke colour barrier at Augusta National in 1975.

Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player lead tributes after Lee Elder, first black golfer to play at the Masters, dies at age 87
30 Nov 2021 - 1:38PM
Coronavirus: Japan confirms first Omicron infection

Japan said the patient from Namibia is staying in a medical facility and the government is aware of his close contacts.

Japan said the patient from Namibia is staying in a medical facility and the government is aware of his close contacts.

Coronavirus: Japan confirms first Omicron infection
1 Dec 2021 - 3:53PM
Coronavirus: Couple arrested on plane after fleeing ‘Hotel Omicron’ quarantine in Netherlands

The wife, Carolina Pimenta, was one of 61 travellers who tested positive for Covid-19, though it is not known if she had caught the new strain.

The wife, Carolina Pimenta, was one of 61 travellers who tested positive for Covid-19, though it is not known if she had caught the new strain.

Coronavirus: Couple arrested on plane after fleeing ‘Hotel Omicron’ quarantine in Netherlands
30 Nov 2021 - 4:41AM
Table tennis chiefs promise action after spectator chants ‘yellow banana’ during Chinese star Liang Jingkun’s match at World Championships in Houston

Chinese state-run media reacts angrily after incident in Liang Jingkun’s victory over Britain’s Liam Pitchford at the World Championships in Houston, with authorities insisting ‘it’s taken very, very, very seriously’.

Chinese state-run media reacts angrily after incident in Liang Jingkun’s victory over Britain’s Liam Pitchford at the World Championships in Houston, with authorities insisting ‘it’s taken very, very, very seriously’.

Table tennis chiefs promise action after spectator chants ‘yellow banana’ during Chinese star Liang Jingkun’s match at World Championships in Houston
29 Nov 2021 - 7:00PM
Coronavirus: Singapore, Malaysia land border reopens; Japan bars foreign visitors amid Omicron fears

Vaccinated travellers on Monday began crossing the land border between Singapore and Malaysia after nearly two years of closure due to the pandemic.

Vaccinated travellers on Monday began crossing the land border between Singapore and Malaysia after nearly two years of closure due to the pandemic.

Coronavirus: Singapore, Malaysia land border reopens; Japan bars foreign visitors amid Omicron fears
1 Dec 2021 - 3:52PM
Coronavirus: WHO urges caution at ‘mild’ label as Omicron shuts borders across globe

Many governments rushed to close their borders even as scientists cautioned that it is not clear if the new variant is more dangerous than other versions of the virus.

Many governments rushed to close their borders even as scientists cautioned that it is not clear if the new variant is more dangerous than other versions of the virus.

Coronavirus: WHO urges caution at ‘mild’ label as Omicron shuts borders across globe
29 Nov 2021 - 10:15AM
Coronavirus: Australia detects first Omicron cases in travellers from Africa; Singapore watching variant ‘very closely’

Australia’s most populous state confirmed on Sunday through ‘urgent genomic sequencing’ that two arrivals from southern Africa who had tested positive for Covid-19 were infected with the Omicron variant.

Australia’s most populous state confirmed on Sunday through ‘urgent genomic sequencing’ that two arrivals from southern Africa who had tested positive for Covid-19 were infected with the Omicron variant.

Coronavirus: Australia detects first Omicron cases in travellers from Africa; Singapore watching variant ‘very closely’
29 Nov 2021 - 12:01AM
Coronavirus: Omicron variant prompts South Korea, Australia, Japan, Philippines, Thailand to impose travel curbs

The restrictions are similar to those brought in by Singapore, Britain, Hong Kong and elsewhere after the discovery of the new coronavirus variant triggered global alarm on Friday.

The restrictions are similar to those brought in by Singapore, Britain, Hong Kong and elsewhere after the discovery of the new coronavirus variant triggered global alarm on Friday.

Coronavirus: Omicron variant prompts South Korea, Australia, Japan, Philippines, Thailand to impose travel curbs
27 Nov 2021 - 11:23PM
Coronavirus variant Omicron found in South Africa ‘of concern’, says WHO

Biden orders US travel ban on visitors from eight African countries as a ‘precautionary measure’; Moderna to develop a booster shot to target the new threat.

Biden orders US travel ban on visitors from eight African countries as a ‘precautionary measure’; Moderna to develop a booster shot to target the new threat.

Coronavirus variant Omicron found in South Africa ‘of concern’, says WHO
27 Nov 2021 - 4:24PM
Coronavirus: Thailand among 6 countries added to Singapore’s quarantine-free travel lane

The city state also restricted travel from seven African countries after a ‘potentially more contagious’ Covid-19 variant was found in South Africa.

The city state also restricted travel from seven African countries after a ‘potentially more contagious’ Covid-19 variant was found in South Africa.

Coronavirus: Thailand among 6 countries added to Singapore’s quarantine-free travel lane
26 Nov 2021 - 3:42PM
Coronavirus: Vietnam to resume flights from China, Hong Kong, Singapore and 13 other places from December

Travellers wanting to visit Vietnam must be fully vaccinated and have a negative test result 72 hours before arriving.

Travellers wanting to visit Vietnam must be fully vaccinated and have a negative test result 72 hours before arriving.

Coronavirus: Vietnam to resume flights from China, Hong Kong, Singapore and 13 other places from December
25 Nov 2021 - 9:33PM
Asian Champions League: Al Hilal cement place as ‘best team’ in region after beating Pohang Steelers to claim record fourth title

Fastest goal in tournament’s history puts Saudi Arabian side on road to record fourth title as they beat Pohang Steelers 2-0 in Riyadh.

Fastest goal in tournament’s history puts Saudi Arabian side on road to record fourth title as they beat Pohang Steelers 2-0 in Riyadh.

Asian Champions League: Al Hilal cement place as ‘best team’ in region after beating Pohang Steelers to claim record fourth title
24 Nov 2021 - 10:42AM
Coronavirus: Singapore and Malaysia to reopen land, air travel on November 29

Elsewhere, inoculated New Zealanders will be allowed to travel to the country from February 13, while a new church outbreak is at the centre of South Korea’s pandemic.

Elsewhere, inoculated New Zealanders will be allowed to travel to the country from February 13, while a new church outbreak is at the centre of South Korea’s pandemic.

Coronavirus: Singapore and Malaysia to reopen land, air travel on November 29
24 Nov 2021 - 6:18PM
Biden orders release of 50 million oil barrels from emergency reserves to reduce prices, challenging Opec+

Unprecedented move to discharge stockpiled crude is in coordination with other countries – China, Japan, India, South Korea and UK.

Unprecedented move to discharge stockpiled crude is in coordination with other countries – China, Japan, India, South Korea and UK.

Biden orders release of 50 million oil barrels from emergency reserves to reduce prices, challenging Opec+
23 Nov 2021 - 11:00PM
Coronavirus: Australia reopening to skilled workers, Japanese and South Koreans

From December 1, some people holding Australian visas, as well as Japanese and South Korean citizens, will be able to enter the country.

From December 1, some people holding Australian visas, as well as Japanese and South Korean citizens, will be able to enter the country.

Coronavirus: Australia reopening to skilled workers, Japanese and South Koreans
22 Nov 2021 - 9:18PM
US Christmas parade in Wisconsin turns deadly as car hits crowd, killing 5, wounding 40

One ‘person of interest’, who may have been fleeing from a crime, is in custody and a vehicle has been recovered.

One ‘person of interest’, who may have been fleeing from a crime, is in custody and a vehicle has been recovered.

US Christmas parade in Wisconsin turns deadly as car hits crowd, killing 5, wounding 40
22 Nov 2021 - 11:40PM
‘Blood Moon’ dazzles night skies in longest partial lunar eclipse in 581 years

The longest partial lunar eclipse in a millennium dazzled night skies around the world on Friday.

The longest partial lunar eclipse in a millennium dazzled night skies around the world on Friday.

‘Blood Moon’ dazzles night skies in longest partial lunar eclipse in 581 years
20 Nov 2021 - 9:36AM
Coronavirus: Philippines to reopen to foreign tourists; Singapore restarts conferences

The government’s Covid-19 task force ‘approved in principle’ the tourism department’s request to permit entry to vaccinated travellers from countries with a low infection rates, including China and Indonesia.

The government’s Covid-19 task force ‘approved in principle’ the tourism department’s request to permit entry to vaccinated travellers from countries with a low infection rates, including China and Indonesia.

Coronavirus: Philippines to reopen to foreign tourists; Singapore restarts conferences
19 Nov 2021 - 11:04PM
Greece adjourns trial of 24 volunteers who helped migrants reach Lesbos, immediately sends case to appeals court

Group, accused of helping a ‘criminal’ non-profit search-and-rescue organisation, says it wanted to help save lives.

Group, accused of helping a ‘criminal’ non-profit search-and-rescue organisation, says it wanted to help save lives.

Greece adjourns trial of 24 volunteers who helped migrants reach Lesbos, immediately sends case to appeals court
19 Nov 2021 - 1:05AM