Covid news live: Omicron likely to become dominant variant, Harvard researcher says; France to close nightclubs

The Omicron Covid variant is likely to ‘outcompete Delta’ in many, if not all, regions, an infectious disease researcher says; nightclubs in France will be ordered to close for four weeks to counter a Covid surge

New York City has expanded its array of Covid-19 mandates on Monday, setting vaccine requirements for children as young as 5 years old. This is on top of the mandates required for all private employees we previously reported.

The most-populous US city set a 27 December as the deadline for all 184,000 businesses within its limits to make their employees show proof they have been vaccinated, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

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Source: The Guardian

China attacks US diplomatic boycott of Winter Games as ‘travesty’ of Olympic spirit

Beijing dismisses no-show and says American officials had not been invited in the first place, as other countries consider their positions

China has reacted angrily to the US government’s diplomatic boycott of next year’s Winter Olympics, as more countries said they would consider joining the protest over Beijing’s human rights record and New Zealand announced it would not send representatives to the Games.

Chinese officials dismissed Washington’s boycott as a “posturing and political manipulation” and tried to discredit the decision by claiming that US diplomats had not even been invited to Beijing in the first place.

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Source: The Guardian