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Tuesday, 8 February 2022

Australia reopens to vaccinated tourists + 1 in 3 Turkish lawmakers has covid

The Health Ministry reported 2,272 new covid-19 infections yesterday, down from 2,301 the day before. Egypt has now disclosed a total of 441,923 confirmed cases of covid-19. The ministry also reported 57 new deaths, bringing the country’s total death toll to 22,993.

The vaccine tally: 27,398,696 people are now fully vaccinated against the virus, while some 10.7 mn people have received only their first shots and 657,257 people have received booster shots.

Australia will reopen its borders to double-vaccinated travelers after nearly two years on 21 February, as the country tries to revive its tourism industry, the government announced yesterday. (That means Novak Djokovic still isn’t welcome, and Kanye West might not be either).

The Turkish parliament has suspended sessions for a week after 200 representatives tested positive for covid-19, Sky News Arabia reports. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is currently isolating at home with his wife Emine, after both tested positive for the omicron variant earlier this week.

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