High confidence’ Omicron is less severe, UK health agency says

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UK Health Security Agency says it is increasingly certain Omicron variant causes ‘low severity of disease in adults’.

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The UK Health Security Agency says it is increasingly confident that the Omicron coronavirus variant “causes low severity of disease in adults,” as it published its updated briefing on the variant Friday.

Swedish Social Democratic Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson, 54, tested positive for COVID-19, according to her spokesperson, while Sweden’s king, queen and crown princess have all been hit with infections this month.

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Elsewhere, passengers from 153 nations have been banned from transiting through Hong Kong airport, in the latest tightening of the city’s strict anti-virus travel measures.

Also on Friday, the Australian government cancelled Novak Djokovic’s visa for a second time, saying the world tennis No 1, unvaccinated for COVID-19, may pose a risk to the community.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson faced yet more allegations of his office holding “boozy parties” while everyone else in the country was unable to mix because of strict rules on social distancing.

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US students stage walkouts to protest in-person classes

Students in Boston and Chicago have planned walkouts to pressure officials to switch to remote learning, as a surge in COVID-19 cases fuelled by the Omicron variant disrupts schools around the US.

An online petition started by a Boston high school senior saying schools are a “COVID-19 breeding ground” and calling for a remote option had gathered more than 8,000 signatures as of Friday morning.

The Boston Student Advisory Council, which called for a citywide walkout on Friday morning, posted a series of demands on Twitter, including two weeks of remote learning and improved COVID-19 testing for teachers and students.

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