The Independent says HOSPITAL BEDS in England taken up by Covid-19 patients have surged by 37 per cent, as experts warned UK has entered its fifth wave.
The Guardian says THE PANDEMIC has had a lasting legacy on the mental health of the “Covid generation” of students, exacerbating rates of anxiety, depression and self-harm and resulting in a “significant rise” in young people struggling at university, experts have said.
The Daily Mirror says a new Covid outbreak blighting China is believed to be the dreaded Omicron variant which ruined the Christmas and New Years celebrations of millions of Brits last year.
Aljazeera says North Korea recorded 18,820 more cases of fever and no new deaths amid its first official COVID-19 outbreak, state media said on Monday, as authorities continue to insist infections in the impoverished country are being brought under control.
The Guardian says After two years of eating in near-monastic silence, children in Japan have been given permission to chat to their classmates over lunch, as Covid cases in the country continue to fall.
The Metro says Dr Anthony Fauci, President Joe Biden’s coronavirus tsar, has contracted the virus. Fauci ‘is currently experiencing mild symptoms’, according to the institute, and will isolate and work from home.
Euronews says the European Union’s Anti-Fraud office recommended this year that more than €500 million of EU funds be recovered.
Arab News says Shanghai will lock down a district of 2.7 million people on Saturday to conduct mass coronavirus testing, city authorities said, as the Chinese metropolis struggles to fully emerge from punishing curbs.
The Guardian says NHS services for the 2 million Britons struggling with long Covid are “woefully inadequate” given how many people are being diagnosed with the condition, nurses’ leaders have warned.
The Independent says the government is being urged to increase investment in long Covid research after being warned that patients are suffering under a “postcode lottery” in care.
France24 says Shanghai eased a range of Covid-19 restrictions on Wednesday in a step towards returning to normal after a two-month lockdown that confined residents of the megacity to their homes and battered China’s economy.
Arab News says Saudi Arabia reported 530 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, according to the Ministry of Health. As a result, the total number of cases in the Kingdom over the course of the pandemic grew to 766,726.
Aljazeera says Hungary’s government will assume emergency powers in order to be able to respond more quickly to challenges created by the war in neighbouring Ukraine.
The Guardian says Airbnb is closing down its business inside China indefinitely, as the country’s zero-Covid policy, lockdowns and travel restrictions continue.
The Guardian says State media photos show Kim carrying Hyon Chol-hae’s coffin and throwing earth into his grave as country battles ‘fever’ cases amid Covid outbreak.
The Guardian says experts have questioned North Korea’s claim that it is achieving “good results” in its battle against a Covid-19 outbreak, as the number of people with symptoms of the virus surpassed 2 million.
Aljazeera says like no other country, North Korea could do with help against COVID-19. The popularion is unvaccinated and susceptible to disease due to chronic malnourishment
The Guardian says New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern says she has lost her sense of taste after testing positive for Covid-19 on Saturday.
US surpasses 1,000,000 Covid deaths as report finds nearly a third could’ve been averted with vaccines
The Metro says the US reached the unimaginable milestone of one million Covid-19 deaths on Tuesday, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.
The Guardian says North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has criticised his country’s response to its first officially confirmed Covid-19 outbreak as “immature”.
The Guardian says Japan will start conducting “test tourism” in the form of limited package tours in May ahead of a full reopening to tourism.
The Metro says spiralling numbers of Covid cases have led to a major medical mobilisation in North Korea.
The Guardian says North Korea has announced its first Covid-19 death amid an “explosive” outbreak of fever, state media said on Friday, one day after the regime admitted for the first time that it was tackling a coronavirus outbreak.
Sky News says an estimated 60,000 NHS workers are believed to be living with post-traumatic stress as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new research.
The Met Police have issued more than 50 new fines for breaches of Covid rules in No 10 and other government buildings – in the latest round of Partygate fines.
The Guardian says North Korea has declared a “severe national emergency” after confirming its first outbreak of Covid-19, prompting its leader, Kim Jong-un, to vow to quickly eliminate the virus.
Aljazeera says North Korea has confirmed its first outbreak of COVID-19, raising fears of a humanitarian disaster in one of the world’s only unvaccinated countries as it goes into a nationwide lockdown.
From next week facemasks will no longer be mandatory in airports and on flights in Europe.
The Metro says the US could experience 100million coronavirus infections this fall and winter, as well as a wave of deaths, the Biden administration has warned.
The Metro says Millions of adults could be offered a fourth Covid jab this autumn after a study revealed they give protection ‘above and beyond’ that provided by a third dose.
The Metro says Keir Starmer has pulled out of a keynote speech today as pressure mounts over the ‘beergate’ scandal.
Beergate: Sir Keir Starmer pulls out of keynote speech as pressure mounts over claims he broke COVID rules
Sky News says Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has pulled out of a keynote speech he is due to give today – as pressure mounts on him over so-called ‘beergate’ claims.
Daily Express says the emergence of new Covid variants is a stark reminder that the UK is still living through the pandemic.
VOA says Dr. Anthony Fauci has given an upbeat assessment of the current state of the coronavirus in the United States.
The Guardian says Beijingers were flooding supermarkets to stock up on food on Monday, hoping to avoid Shanghai-style shortages in the case of a city-wide lockdown as the capital records a growing number of Covid infections.
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