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The cost of quarantine for Britons returning from South Africa is setting some back “a year” financially, as people race back to avoid the costs. After the emergence of the Omicron variant, a number of countries in southern Africa were placed back on England’s travel red list. It means that an adult arriving in England […]

Vaccine manufacturers have expressed confidence that they will be able to rapidly adapt their jabs if the Omicron variant spreads. The new strain – previously known as B.1.1.529 – features some “concerning” mutations, and early evidence suggests it brings an increased risk of reinfection. There are also fears that the variant could be more resistant […]

Police investigating the murder of a 12-year-old girl in Liverpool city centre are going to review hundreds of hours of CCTV in an attempt to find out what happened. Ava White suffered “catastrophic injuries” when she was assaulted after a Christmas lights switch-on event on Thursday evening. Merseyside Police said she had been involved in […]

Richard Madeley is “gutted” that he cannot return to I’m A Celebrity‚Ķ Get Me Out Of Here! – but says he feels “fit as a fiddle”. The journalist and broadcaster was taken to hospital after falling ill at Gwrych Castle in North Wales in the early hours of Thursday morning. Although he was given a […]

So the new variant has a name, but we’ve no idea about its reputation. On paper at least the Omicron variant looks terrifying. It has more mutations than any previously observed strain of COVID. And the mutations aren’t just a random jumble of genetic changes. A worrying number of them are in parts of the […]

Nicola Sturgeon has said she will consider a formal apology for victims of Scotland’s so-called “tinker experiment”. The first minister was responding to questions surrounding the programme, which gypsy travellers have condemned as “cultural genocide”. While welcoming the news, campaigners have criticised the time it has taken – stating that it is “morally indefensible” for […]

The first victim of Wednesday’s tragedy in the Channel has been named as Mariam Nouri Hamadameen, a 21-year-old Kurdish woman from northern Iraq. She had travelled to Germany and on to France, hoping to join her fiance who already lives in Britain. Mariam was a student and recently engaged – she left her studies early […]

The discount shopping bonanza Black Friday is on course to be a mixed picture across the UK. Initial figures from payment providers on Friday afternoon suggested that 2021 was set to be a bumper year for shopping, even as physical shops continued to suffer, pointing to the continuing importance of online purchases. As of 1pm […]

ITV has scrapped plans for a live broadcast of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! tonight due to the severe weather forecast from Storm Arwen. Presenters Ant and Dec were due to broadcast live from Gwrych Castle in North Wales tonight, but instead will pre-record segments that will be played later. ITV said this […]

Men and women are teeing off based on their ability, not gender, at Hartford Golf Club in Cheshire. Traditional yellow tees for men and the shorter red tees for women have been abandoned in an effort to attract more people to the sport. “It makes the game easier,” explains Paul Cunningham, director of golf at […]