Newspaper headlines: Omicron 'already in the UK' and 'Diplomatic spat'
Concerns about new Covid-19 variant and disagreement over the current migrant crisis lead the papers.
Image caption,Most of today's papers focus on the new Covid variant "Omicron". The i's lead story - headlined "UK battling to hold back 'Omicron" - reports that England's Test and Trace service is in a race against time to find thousands of people who arrived into the UK having recently spent time in one of the countries where cases of the variant have already been identified.
Image caption,The Daily Mirror strikes a more pessimistic tone with what it labels a "pandemic bombshell". Its headline "Covid variant 'already in the UK'" reflects the fears expressed by some scientists about what they call Covid's "worst ever" variant.
Image caption,"Keep calm & don't let new Covid ruin Xmas" is the front page advice from the Daily Mail, which strikes a positive tone, quoting experts who believe the existing Covid vaccines will protect people from this new variant. headtopics.com
Image caption,The Daily Express appears to be in the pessimistic camp on the Omicron news, both warning of the fears that the "super-strain" is already in the UK and then adding that it is a "threat to Xmas". And handily for today's edition, its weekend columnist Richard Madeley is out of ITV's I'm A Celebrity show just in time to give the paper an exclusive that he found that the show was "brilliant".
Image caption,The Guardian reports that there is a growing alarm in Europe as the new Covid variant spreads in the continent. It reports that scientists are warning the new variant, which was detected in Belgium yesterday, will "inevitably reach Britain". The paper also reports on the red alert issued by the Met Office for Storm Arwen.
Image caption,The Financial Times reports on a "dash to safety" on stocks and oil prices as a result of the latest news on the new Covid variant. It reports that oil prices and global stocks were hit by their "hardest falls" in more than a year following the discovery of the new coronavirus variant.
Image caption,The Daily Telegraph leads with England's chief medical officer Chris Whitty saying that the Delta variant remains of greater concern to the UK than the new Omicron variant. The paper also finds room on its front page for a vibrant picture of a happy young engaged couple with flowers, but with the sombre note that the woman pictured - Maryam Nuri Mohamed Amin - has become the first victim to be named from this week's mass drowning in the English Channel. headtopics.com
Image caption,The same photo also features on the front page of the Times with the caption detailing how she had travelled from Iraq Kurdistan to join her fiance in Britain. Unlike the other papers. the Times also leads on the issue, saying that UK has warned France "it must get back to the negotiating table" to find a way to prevent more lives being lost.
Image caption,The Daily Star leads with a story on Jamie Oliver not being able to make toast, based on the detail that smoke alarms at his house triggered the fire brigade. Ever helpful, the paper offers an "exclusive guide to making toast" on its inside pages.
Image caption,The Sun reports on an intruder sparking panic on the I'm A Celebrity set yesterday in Gwrych Castle in Wales, on a day when Storm Arwen had also disrupted broadcasting plans.Read more: BBC News (UK) »
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This is BS!! China must start paying for the damage they caused to our economy!! COVID19 SouthAfrica One paper saying the new variant is in this country when it isn’t and this is why I’m not listening to any TV doctor, BBC programmes about this as they are making money and some of us too frightened to go out and my bodies had enough injections this year one of them should work.
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And Conservatives gain Council Seats !! 25% + swings Methinks Omicron has been in the UK and EU for months, since the region's Covid infection and death rates have been surging over the past six months without any good scientific explanation. Their authorities hushed up Omicron, letting the foolish South Africans taking the rap.
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Newspaper headlines: 'New variant fears' and 'migrants keep crossing'New coronavirus variant concerns and more Channel crossings after fatal journey lead the papers. Taiwan people treat me and my parent are immigrants, robbed my parent’s pension in using elections since 1991. More fake news🥱 Problem solved Give the migrants a D.I.L.L.I.G.A.F T Shirt to wear at all times . Jobs a good one .
Omicron: Mutations prompt new coronavirus variant concern from WHOThe World Health Organization says the variant has a large number of mutations, some are concerning. Anti-vaxxers, anti maskers, conspiracy theorists:
US to restrict travel from southern Africa over Omicron Covid variant fearsWHO names variant found in Belgium and Israel Omicron while White House adviser Fauci says no indication it is in US Anyone who thinks Omicron isn't already on U.S. soil is deluded. The news of Omicron (not so named then) broke several days ago, which has given that time for it to travel to the U.S. Ex: The NY parade festivities was the perfect place for it to spread. Now, it's a waiting game. Was Omnicron the baddie in the Transformer Movie?
Joe Biden restricts travel from 8 southern Africa countries amid omicron variantThe Biden administration is restricting travel from South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe, starting Monday. It’s ok he’ll forget by breakfast time
New Covid variant is less worrying than delta, says Prof Chris WhittyThe delta variant is of greater concern to the UK than the new Covid mutation, England's chief medical officer has said amid rising international fears about the omicron strain