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Crossfire: Keeley Hawes drama, plot, cast and more

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Crossfire is a major new three-part BBC1 drama lead by Keeley Hawes. 

Set in a luxurious resort in the Canary Islands, the show is written by Apple Tree Yard author Louise Doughty and the plot is as intense and gritty as we can imagine.

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Omicron: Canada confirms first case of new Covid variant | World News

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Canada said Sunday it has detected its first cases of the new Omicron strain of Covid, in two people who had traveled recently to Nigeria.

Both patients are in isolation while public health authorities trace their possible contacts, said federal and Ontario provincial officials.

“I was informed today by the Public Health Agency of Canada that testing and monitoring of Covid-19 cases has confirmed two cases of the Omicron variant of concern in Ontario,” Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said in a statement.

“As the monitoring and testing continues,” he added, “it is expected that other cases of this variant will be found in Canada.”

The government of Ontario confirmed that the two cases are in the capital Ottawa.

The World Health Organization has listed Omicron as a “variant of concern” and countries around the world are now restricting travel from southern Africa, where the new strain was first detected, and taking other new precautions.

The WHO says it could take several weeks to know if there are significant changes in transmissibility, severity or implications for Covid vaccines, tests and treatments.

 

 

 

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Five more Covid cases added to Spurthy college cluster- The New Indian Express

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From the earlier 12 COVID-19 cases reported from the Spurthy College of Nursing cluster in Marasur, Anekal, the number has now risen to 17, with five more cases being added.

The 5 new patients are asymptomatic and have also been isolated at the same COVID-19 Care Centre in Jigani.

Meanwhile, the state added 315 new cases on Sunday, which took the state tally to 2995600. There were two deaths which took the state toll to 38198. Active cases rose from 6754 to 6831 in Karnataka and from 5279 to 5287 in Bengaluru

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Bengal: Hospitals told to keep a close watch, Covid testing to be increased

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In the wake of the detection of a new coronavirus variant, the West Bengal government on Sunday asked chief medical health officers, and government and private hospitals to keep a close watch. It is likely to increase its testing capacity to tackle any rise in the new Omicron variant cases. This came after the Central government had directed all states to ramp up health infrastructure, testing and surveillance.

The state has of late been logging 600-800 coronavirus cases on an average daily.

The new variant has become a cause of concern in the world, mostly among southern African countries. It has forced the Central government to review the effective date of resumption of scheduled commercial international passenger services.

C Pattabhi, the director of the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, told The Indian Express that they would follow the government guideline on aviation. “Right now, we don’t have any direct connectivity between South Africa and Kolkata,” said Pattabhi.

Several countries around the world have restricted travel from southern Africa.

Of the total 7 crore population above 18 years of age in the state, 6.28 crore people have received at least one Covid vaccine dose.

Meanwhile, West Bengal reported 715 new cases and 12 more deaths attributed to the virus in the last 24 hours, taking the caseload to 16,14,867 and the toll to 19,462. The state has 7,804 active cases, of which, 6,704 are in home isolation and 195 in safe homes. At 198, Kolkata continued report the highest jump in the state. Of the new deaths, North 24 Parganas recorded five and Kolkata three.

As many 12,719 people were discharged in the last 24 hours, taking the total to 15,87,601. The discharge rate stands at 98.31 per cent. A total of 35,509 samples were tested in the state in last 24 hours.

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