Covid: Australia cancels Djokovic’s visa and NHS waiting listson January 6, 2022 at 8:40 am

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Five things you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic this Thursday morning.

Here are five things you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic this Thursday morning. We’ll have another update for you this evening.

1. Australia cancels Djokovic’s visa

Amid a furious backlash over Novak Djokovic being given a Covid vaccine exemption, allowing him to play in the Australian Open, he’s had his visa revoked and now faces deportation. Djokovic is now in a government detention hotel – a court will decide on his deportation on Monday. The world number one tennis star, who has previously said he is “opposed to vaccination”, landed in Melbourne where border staff said he’d not met entry rules. More than 90% of the over-16 population is fully vaccinated in Australia, but some people still cannot travel interstate or globally. Wondering how things got to this point? Ros Atkins explains.

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2. Tackle NHS staffing to cut waiting lists

There have been repeated warnings over long waiting lists for routine operations and procedures, which have been made worse by the pandemic. They’re at record levels in England and a plan is needed to tackle the staffing crisis so that those lists can be reduced. That’s what a report from MPs says the government needs to do – or NHS staff will quit. Although the crisis is “entirely predictable”, says Jeremy Hunt who chairs the Commons health and social care select committee, the “current wave of Omicron is exacerbating the problem”. The government’s given an extra £5.9bn to help clear the backlog.

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3. Car sales and chip shortages

Despite sales of electric cars taking off last year, the market hasn’t recovered from the Covid pandemic. The shortage of computer chips meant that dealers were struggling to get hold of new models. However, more electric cars were registered in 2021 than in the previous five years combined, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. Read more here.

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4. Caviar sales makes waves

It’s a delicacy normally eaten in high-end restaurants or at glamorous events, but caviar sales have soared during the pandemic. It seems people decided to enjoy the expensive fish eggs from the comfort of their homes during lockdown. “I think people in lockdown wanted to enjoy themselves,” says Carla Sora, general manager of Agroittica Lombarda. Take a look at how this posh nosh made waves during lockdown.

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5. Streets ahead

Since the first lockdown in March 2020, Michael Shanks has run along every street, road and lane in Glasgow. He’s covered more than 2,300km (1,400 miles) – double the actual length of the Scottish city’s 6,100-plus streets. He says his map-reading is atrocious. Here’s his story.

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Government statistics show 149,284 people have now died, with 334 deaths reported in the latest 24-hour period - including a number who died in hospital between 1-4 Jan. In total, 13,835,334 people have tested positive, up 194,747 in the latest 24-hour period. Latest figures show 17,276 people in hospital. In total, 51,845,518 people have have had at least one vaccination

And there’s more…

Are you planning to go on holiday abroad? If so, here’s a reminder of the rules that come into force from Friday.

You can find more information, advice and guides on our coronavirus page.

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