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SharecloseShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingImage source, Getty ImagesPeople aged 30 and over in England will be able to book a Covid-19 booster jab from Monday. Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid said data shows they are the “essential defence against Omicron”.Booster vaccinations are now being given three months on from a second dose – rather than after six months.Omicron – a coronavirus variant – could cause between 25,000 to 75,000 deaths by the end of April, according to new research.Scientists from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) say the UK will face a substantial wave of Omicron…

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SharecloseShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingImage source, NurPhoto via Getty ImagesA Supreme Court judge in Brazil has ruled that foreign visitors will need to provide a Covid-19 vaccination certificate to enter the country.The ruling invalidates regulations issued previously by the national health agency demanding only a negative PCR test for foreign arrivals. The judge said it would be impossible to check all visitors and prevent the spread of the new Omicron variant.Lenient measures had made the country popular among non-vaccinated tourists.The ruling is seen as another defeat for President Jair Bolsonaro, who has repeatedly undermined efforts to control the spread of the…

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SharecloseShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingImage source, Iby Ikotidem In our series of letters from African writers, Nigerian novelist Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani writes about a woman whose life changed after she got a skin ailment and later visited a leprosy colony.Iby Ikotidem was used to being the life of the party. She loved fashion and jewellery, had a multitude of friends and a full social calendar, often organising events in the US state of New Jersey, where she has lived with her husband and two children for the past 28 years.”I was a showstopper,” she said.But all that was brought to an…

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SharecloseShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingImage source, The Sunday MirrorPrime Minister Boris Johnson took part in a Christmas quiz in No 10 last year, Downing Street has confirmed.The Sunday Mirror published a photo of the PM at the event, which it said took place on the 15 December – when indoor household mixing was banned in London.Downing Street admitted Mr Johnson “briefly” took part to thank staff for their work during the pandemic.Labour’s deputy leader Angela Rayner said the PM was “unfit to lead this country”.”Boris Johnson really believes it’s one rule for him, another for everyone else,” she said.It comes the…

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SharecloseShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingImage source, Getty ImagesHeaped in plastic bags in a small room in rural southern Afghanistan, the white crystals glisten. They are “export quality” methamphetamine, and will be trafficked to countries as far away as Australia. Once there, the 100kg (220lb) stored in this room will have a street value of around £2m ($2.6m). Outside, smoke billows from two barrels where new batches of meth are being cooked. Drugs are big business in Afghanistan, and under the Taliban, trade is booming. The country has long been linked with heroin, but in recent years, it has also emerged as…

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When do Christmas decorations become too much? And can they ever be too much? One man in Germany has a record-breaking collection that has to be seen to be believed.And for the non-believers…Father Christmas has been spotted skiing and feeding sea creatures this week. Let’s hope he still delivers our presents on time! Watch these and other yuletide moments you may have missed.

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Sophie McKeown is one of about 2,000 people in Northern Ireland living with the long-term effects of a brain injury. The two-year-old from County Tyrone caught a virus as a baby. It triggered an autoimmune reaction causing her brain to become inflamed. Her mother Fiona said she knew very little about acquired brain injuries before Sophie’s incident.“She’s not yet talking, but she has just started to walk which is a massive milestone,” Fiona told BBC News NI. A new book is helping families like Sophie’s raise awareness and help others to understand more about brain injuries. Rua’s Sore Head tell’s…

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SharecloseShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingAt least 54 people lost their lives this week when their truck crashed in Mexico. Such was their fear of being deported that, even while bleeding and dazed from the horrific crash in Chiapas, the first instinct of many of the migrants crammed into the vehicle was to run. With his trailer overturned and people dying on the roadside, the driver too fled the scene before the authorities arrived. Emerson Morales, though, told me he was too injured and concussed to go anywhere. “It all happened so fast because I was half-asleep when we started to spin,”…

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A car crash victim’s hand has been saved by using a wartime technique which involved stitching it to his chest.Martin Shaw’s hand was severely injured when his car skidded and crashed on the A512 near Shepshed, Leicestershire.The 35-year-old, who lives in Loughborough, thought his hand would need to be amputated and feels lucky he can still use it.

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