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A young woman touches autumn colored leaves during a Christmas illuminations event in Tokyo. Photograph: Franck Robichon/EPA

Six cases of the Covid-19 Omicron variant have been identified in Scotland, the Scottish government has announced. The Scottish government said that (...)

Prof Tulio de Oliveira, who announced the news of the Omicron variant last week, is urging the international community not to ‘discriminate or isolate’ South Africa. Photograph: Joao Silva/ The New York Times

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has urged Irish citizens caught up in the seven southern African countries affected by the latest Covid-19 tra(...)

Passengers  queue for PCR   at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. Photograph:  Phill Magakoe/AFP/Getty

Israel on Saturday said it would ban the entry of all foreign visitors into the country, making it the first country to shut its borders completely in(...)

South Africa: Travel restrictions were reintroduced on Friday in a push to contain a new strain of Covid as the WHO designated the Omicron variant as being of concern. Photograph: Kim Ludbrook

The Nphet Epidemiological Team is meeting regularly this weekend to monitor the developing Omicron variant situation in Europe and is “considering fur(...)

Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson warned the new variant could reduce the effectiveness of vaccines. Photograph: Hollie Adams/Pool/AFP/Getty

British prime minister Boris Johnson has announced fresh measures to curb the spread of coronavirus including mandatory masks in shops and PCR tests f(...)

Travel restrictions have been reintroduced in a push to contain a new strain of Covid. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Travel restrictions have been reintroduced in a push to contain a new strain of Covid as the World Health Organisation yesterday designated the “Omicr(...)

A decision on a travel ban is likely to be made later today, according to Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney.

EU member states have agreed to introduce rapidly restrictions on all travel into the region from seven countries in southern Africa, European Commis(...)

Ireland’s Gareth Delany in action during his innings of 44 against the Netherlands in Abu Dhabi on Monday. Photograph: Pankaj Nangia/Inpho

T20 World Cup: Ireland v Sri Lanka, Abu Dhabi, Wednesday, 3pm Irish time – Live on Sky Sports After a comprehensive victory over the Netherlands in t(...)

Police arrest anti-apartheid protestors during the rugby union match between Australia and South Africa at the Sydney Cricket Ground on July 17th, 1971. Photo: George Lipman/The Sydney Morning Herald/Fairfax Media via Getty Images

As a small boy in 1971 my father brought me to the Sydney Cricket Ground to watch the Springboks play the Wallabies. My Dad told me that “we will prob(...)

People wait in the stands to receive coronavirus vaccinations at the Kololo airstrip in Kampala, Uganda, on May 31st. Photograph: Nicholas Bamulanzeki/AP

African countries from Uganda to South Africa are buckling under a ferocious third wave of coronavirus infections as the continent falls far behind th(...)

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