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Covid news live: Omicron ‘raging around the world’, Fauci says; Belgian protests turn violent

Omicron has ‘extraordinary spreading capabilities’ and promises to bring a bleak winter, Anthony Fauci warns; Belgian police break up Brussels protest march against Covid measures * UK PM and staff pictured with wine in Downing St garden in May 2020 * Fauci: Omicron ‘raging through the world’ and travel increases risks * UK health secretary refuses to rule out further curbs before Christmas * The science case for more Covid restrictions is overwhelming * See all our coronavirus coverage The first death of a child with Covid-19 in New Zealand has prompted calls for Māori children to be prioritised in the next stage of the vaccine rollout, as the country grapples with racial inequalities compounded by the pandemic. A Māori boy, under the age of 10 and who had tested positive for the virus, died last week, becoming the youngest New Zealander to die with Covid, the Ministry of Health confirmed. Continue reading...

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