New Omicron Covid variant in UK as two people test positive

Hours after it emerged that a more transmissible Covid strain had arrived in the UK, the prime minister announced new restrictions to try and slow its spread.

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Boris Johnson attempted to reassure the public that the current vaccines would offer some protection against the omicron variant.

But in truth, scientists don’t yet know how much. Two cases, in Essex and Nottingham, have been detected, both believed to be linked to travel from South Africa.

In the last hour the prime minister said rules on wearing masks in England will be tightened, everyone coming into the country will need to take a PCR test and more people will be offered the booster jab.

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Boris Johnson is joined by chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty and chief scientific officer Sir Patrick Vallance as two new cases of the Omicron variant are detected in the UK.

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BREAKING: Two cases of Omicron COVID-19 variant cases detected in UK

Two cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant have been detected in the UK, the health secretary has said.

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Number of container ships waiting to enter two of the busiest U.S. ports hits a new record

The number of container ships waiting to enter the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach hit a new record. Carter Evans explains what’s causing the backup.

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DBS digital banking services ‘returning to normal’ after two days of disruptions

Digital services of Singapore’s largest lender have slowly returned to normal after two days of outage. DBS said it is monitoring the situation closely, but glitches continue to bug some users. The bank has urged people to restart their devices and try logging in again. DBS has identified the disruption as a problem with its access control servers, which are part of a bank’s security system that is used to verify and authorise logins and payments. One cybersecurity analyst said such issues can occur during software updates.

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Two New York police officers shot and wounded

Two New York police officers were shot and wounded on Wednesday night while responding to a 911 call reporting a suspect with a gun in the Bronx. The suspect was also shot. Police say the gun was reported stolen in Georgia last year. (Nov. 25)

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Karl Rove: Biden can barely string together two sentences

Fox News contributor Karl Rove on President Biden only doing 13 interviews since taking office.

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