Wellington/IBNS: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called off her own wedding on Sunday as she tightened Covid-19 restrictions in the country amid the outbreak of the Omicron variant.
Toronto/IBNS: The Beijing Olympic Committee's use of reportedly stricter than usual testing for COVID-19 has made it harder for Canadian athletes to pass tests upon arriving in China, especially those who have recently recovered from the virus.
London/UNI: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday denied that he had been warned that holding a drinks party in the No 10 garden amounted to breaking lockdown rules.
Ontario/IBNS: Dr. Kieran Moore, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health, has said during a news conference that it is unclear if businesses ordered to close by the government last week will reopen on Jan 26.
The UN’s key report on the global economy, released on Thursday, shows that the rapid spread of the Omicron COVID-19 variant has put the brakes on a rapid recovery, counteracting signs of solid growth at the end of last year.
London/UNI/Xinhua: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson apologized on Wednesday for attending a Downing Street garden party in London during the country's first lockdown in 2020.
Washington: The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) on Tuesday called on industrialist Elon Musk to close a recently-opened Tesla showroom in China’s Xinjiang region, where Chinese authorities are carrying out a campaign of genocide targeting the Uyghur Muslim minority.
Beijing: More than 4,000 students in China's Anyang city have been sent to quarantine after several cases were detected in their school.
Mexico City/UNI/Sputnik: Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said he contracted COVID-19 again and will be isolated with mild symptoms.
Texas/UNI: A mother in the US was arrested after she reportedly locked her Covid positive son in a car boot to protect herself from the virus while going to a testing site, media reports said.
Islamabad: Pakistan President Arif Alvi has tested positive for COVID-19.
Paris/UNI: French President Emmanuel Macron has threatened to "piss off" people until everyone is vaccinated against Covid-19.
Islamabad: Pakistan's Punjab region Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid on Tuesday tested positive for COVID-19.
Montreal/IBNS: Quebec Premier François Legault alongside Health Minister Christian Dubé and public health director Horacio Arruda have announced in a news conference to impose a night curfew between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. effective Dec 31 amid rising COVID-19 cases.
Beijing: COVID-19 spike and fast aging population have emerged as the new threat for China to fight the task of stabilising employment next year, media reports said.