Covid live news: WHO says ‘very high’ global risk from new strain; Portugal identifies 13 Omicron cases in Lisbon football team

World Health Organization briefing says mutations ‘concerning for potential impact on pandemic trajectory’; Belenenses started last match with nine players following Covid outbreakUK Covid live: more cases of Omicron expected in EnglandJapan has said it will close its borders to all foreign entrantsWhere has Omicron spread, and why are scientists so concerned?Israel seals borders and Morocco bans flights as Omicron Covid fears riseCanada confirms two cases of Omicron in travellers from NigeriaSee all our coronavirus coverageG7 health ministers are to hold an emergency meeting on Monday on the new Omicron Covid-19 strain, as experts race to understand what the variant means for the fight to end the pandemic, AFP reports.The meeting was called by G7 chair Britain, which is among a steadily growing number of countries detecting cases of the heavily mutated new strain. Continue reading...

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