The mutated virus has been listed as a variant of concern by the World Health Organisation. Also, South Africa says it is being punished for detecting the new variant, and airlines want the EU to extend Covid passport validity to 12 months.
Experts in Geneva will decide if it should be designated a variant of concern. Also, South Africa has expressed disappointment after several countries imposed travel bans, and stock markets have fallen in reaction to news of the discovery.
A new strain with a high number of mutations is being investigated. Also, countries in Central Europe struggle to respond to a surge in Covid cases, and Pfizer accuses an employee of stealing confidential documents on its vaccine.
The move eases strict curbs that have locked out many citizens and tourists since borders were shut at the start of the Covid pandemic. Also, South Korea considers the introduction of new emergency measures around Seoul, and more teenagers in Kenya and Rwanda receive vaccines.
The US State Department warning comes amid increasing Covid infection rates. Also, France appeals for calm in Guadeloupe following unrest over Covid restrictions, and AstraZeneca is to unveil a 1.3 billion dollar research facility in the UK.
The WHO is warning that progress the world is making is too slow. Also: Austria re-enters Covid lockdown as Europe battles a surge, and Australia to ease its border ban on some foreign citizens.
Nearly 30 are arrested over further rioting in the Netherlands. Also: a review into potential racial bias in the design of medical devices, and Britain puts its faith in booster jabs.
Ferd Grapperhaus said the police faced extreme violence. Also: the WHO calls for a debate on compulsory vaccination, and Vietnam welcomes its first foreign tourists in nearly two years.
New restrictions imposed by Vienna include a vaccine mandate. Also, Japan approves a multi-billion dollar Covid relief stimulus package. And a British doctor calls for health workers to receive better care.
The move comes as more than 65,000 infections are registered. Also; studies find that mask-wearing is the most effective non-pharmaceutical way to tackle the spread of Covid-19, and the election in Tonga sees many citizens unable to vote because of travel restrictions.
Dr Anthony Fauci believes an increase in vaccination rates could lessen its impact. Also: The UK Health Security Agency has warned of a "hidden pandemic" of antibiotic-resistant infections if people don't act responsibly when all Covid restrictions end, and New York's Times Square will be open for revellers on New Years Eve if they've been vaccinated.
Pfizer is sharing the licence to its antiviral pill but not to its vaccine. The medicine is yet to be approved in the US. Also: the Dutch government lodges a police complaint against a provider of Covid tests and vaccination certificates. And Austrians react to the lockdown for 2 million unvaccinated people.
UK extends second vaccines to 16 & 17 year-olds.
Also Austria imposes a lockdown on unvaccinated people; and Germans prepare to work from home.
The Austrian Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg says the step is "necessary". Also: three people die in a fire at a covid hospital ward in Bulgaria and Cambodia relaxes quarantine for immunised visitors.
Booster shots in rich nations six times the number of primary doses in poor countries. Also: Tough restrictions come into force in the Netherlands after surge in cases; Japan to boost hospital bed capacity; and is the office Christmas party likely to be a superspreader event?
Also: Restrictions in Austria for people who haven't been vaccinated. And infection rates start falling in England, bringing some hope.
The number of daily Covid cases in Germany hits a new record. A hospital fire in Romania kills two patients on a Covid ward. And England may be recovering from the pandemic, but hospital waiting lists are at a new high.
Leading virologist speaks out as country continues to register record coronavirus infection and death rates.Also: booster requirements for over-65s in France; Hallowe'en parties blamed for spike in infections at US college; and two fast food rivals team up in the Philippines to offer jabs to customers.
Front-line NHS staff must have double vaccine. Also Ukraine to be taken off EU Covid safe list and a man due to be hung in Singapore gets Covid.
Fully vaccinated travellers from more than 30 nations able to enter country. Also: WHO casts doubt on Turkmenistan's zero-covid claim and the NFL star in hot water over vaccine comments.
Law would apply to some private companies; covid cases in Germany continue to spiral and France announces face mask rules for skiers.
The Netherlands toughens Covid measures. The move comes as infection rates soar and hospitals become overwhelmed. Also Russia registers its worst daily figures for Covid cases as it struggles to contain the virus and two hyenas test positive for the disease in a zoo in the United States.
The Covid pill cuts the risk of hospitalisation or death by 89% in vulnerable adults. Also, cases in Europe soar and scientists have identified a gene, prevalent in the South Asian community, which doubles the risk of lung failure and death from Coronavirus.
Half a million people in the region could die in the next three months. Also: the world's first anti-viral pill to treat Covid is approved for use in Britain; and in Italy, the Three Wise Men are issued with covid passports.