Covid live: Beijing reports new cases for seventh consecutive day; WHO chief says pandemic ‘at a critical juncture’


WHO confirm that 80m global cases of Omicron have been reported to them since it emerged


The banknote printer De La Rue has issued a profit warning after suffering from higher Covid-19 costs including staff absences and computer chip shortages.

Shares in the company, which is listed on the London Stock Exchange, plummeted by 28% in the first hour of trading to hit their lowest since May 2020, during the early months of pandemic-induced market turmoil.

De La Rue said profits were hit by “substantially increased employee absences in our manufacturing facilities globally” caused by the Delta and then Omicron coronavirus variants.

You can read more of Jasper Jolly’s report here: Banknote printer De La Rue warns on profits after Covid costs

Swinney: dropping Omicron measures in Scotland ‘a very significant moment of progress’

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Only the “findings” of Sue Gray’s report into alleged lockdown-breaking parties at Downing Street will be published, Nadhim Zahawi has said, in another apparent step by the government away from promising full transparency with what she uncovers.

The education secretary’s comments come after Dominic Raab, the justice secretary and deputy prime minister, said on Sunday that it would be up to Boris Johnson to decide how much information was released.

The keenly awaited report by Gray, a senior civil servant tasked with looking into claims about a series of parties in No 10 and around government during Covid restrictions, is expected to be completed later this week.

Read more of Peter Walker’s report here: Transparency fears as minister says Sue Gray ‘findings’ will be published

Beijing reports new cases for seventh consecutive day ahead of Winter Olympics

WHO chief: pandemic now ‘at a critical juncture’


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