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Veteran actor Kenneth Tsang dies in Hong Kong Covid quarantine hotel

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The veteran Hong Kong actor Kenneth Tsang has died in a Covid-19 quarantine hotel in the city. Tsang was best known internationally for his action roles in the 2002 James Bond film Die Another Day, John Woo’s The Kill...

UK quarantine hotels cost taxpayer £400m, watchdog finds

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Quarantine hotels for inbound travellers to the UK during Covid have cost the taxpayer more than £400m, a National Audit Office (NAO) investigation has found, including almost £100m in unpaid room bills and fraud. Whi...

National cabinet set to scrap quarantine requirements for all Covid close contacts

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National cabinet is moving to scrap quarantine requirements for all Covid-19 close contacts as soon as possible, with urgent health advice being sought. State and territory government leaders also agreed to a transiti...

Covid live: Wales ends use of pass to enter cinemas and nightclubs; WHO says quarantine can be shortened

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Latest updates: people in Wales no longer have to show Covid passes to enter large events; WHO guidelines aimed at helping countries with high caseloads

Hong Kong turns public housing into Covid quarantine facilities as it battles Omicron surge

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Hong Kong has turned newly built public housing and 10,000 hotel rooms into quarantine accommodation as authorities strive to control an Omicron outbreak that has overwhelmed the city. Recent days have seen record dai...

Trivialising the Taliban is not the way to force New Zealand to change its Covid quarantine rules

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My name is Muzhgan Samarqandi and I am from Baghlan, Afghanistan, but living in New Zealand with my Kiwi husband and our son. Like Charlotte Bellis, I too was a broadcaster in Afghanistan, back when this was possible ...

New Zealand defends strict Covid quarantine after pregnant journalist ‘had to turn to Taliban’ for help

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The New Zealand government has defended its strict quarantine system known as MIQ after a pregnant New Zealand journalist said she had to turn to the Taliban for help after her requests to get back to her own country ...

Dozens of Hong Kong officials in Covid quarantine after birthday party

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Dozens of senior officials and legislators in Hong Kong have been sent into a 21-day quarantine after they attended a birthday party despite the government’s own pandemic warning. The embarrassing incident came as the...

Covid cases rise across Asia as South Korea sees record numbers of seriously ill, Thailand restarts quarantine

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South Korea is struggling to contain a surge in Covid-19 cases, reporting 7,456 infections on Wednesday and a record number of people with serious symptoms, as countries across Asia face a similar battle. The new infe...

Australia news live update: Scott Morrison a casual Covid contact; hundreds in Qld quarantine; potential Melbourne superspreader event

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Scott Morrison declared a Covid casual contact; potential Omicron superspreader event in Melbourne; passengers forced into Christmas quarantine after case linked to Brisbane and Townsville airports and two Virgin Aust...

Australia live news updates: Omicron Covid cases climb; Victoria records 13 deaths and NSW three; Qld changes quarantine rules

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Sydney pub and club at centre of Covid scare. Bushfire rages in Margaret River in Western Australia

From South Africa to freezing Birmingham. Welcome to my £2,285 quarantine world

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I am writing this on day zero, having arrived at my government-designated quarantine hotel after 24 hours of travel. I need to isolate in my room for 10 days and 11 nights. It is, to put it mildly, a bit of a dump: a ...

Australia news updates live: bigger quarantine fines in NSW over Omicron; parliament under pressure on second-last day

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Labor reportedly ditching fuel emissions standards policy; penalties of $5,000 for those who fail to comply with quarantine or testing requirements come into force as authorities attempt to curb the Omicron Covid vari...

JP Morgan chief skips quarantine as he jets into Hong Kong

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JP Morgan’s billionaire chief executive Jamie Dimon was allowed to skip Hong Kong’s strict 21-day hotel quarantine rules because he runs “a very huge bank” with “key business in Hong Kong”, the territory’s chief execu...

New Zealand authorities search for Covid-positive quarantine escapee

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New Zealand officials are searching for a Covid-positive escapee, who allegedly absconded from quarantine after being allowed home to check in on a pet. The person had requested to return home to retrieve personal ite...

Covid car parks to galactic lockdown: fascinating but futile quarantine ideas

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In January 2020, just a few days before the first Covid-19-infected passengers landed in the United States on a flight from Wuhan, preparations were already being made in a converted car park in Omaha, Nebraska. By co...

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