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by April 24, 2020

The future of water transport setting sail in Wellington

After long delays the first fully electric passenger ferry in the Southern Hemisphere is set to launch in Wellington on December 16.Construction first began in 2018 by the Wellington Electric Boat Building Company, a subsidiary...

Kiribati PIPA decision: scientist says there's more value in taking control of fisheries

Hawaii's Kewalo Marine Laboratory scientist Robert Richmond spoke to Worldwatch about PIPA and the decision to open the region to commercial fishing.

SFO's National and Labour Party donations cases to be heard together, High Court rules

Two criminal cases over allegations of unlawful donations to both the Labour and National parties will be heard together at a joint trial, the High Court has ruled.In a decision released today after a two-day hearing earlier this...

Former All Blacks and Wallabies could play for Tonga at 2023 World Cup

Advocates for Pacific islands rugby have welcomed World Rugby's decision to allow players to switch their international allegiance, hailing it as a game-changer for a region rich in talent but poor in resources.

Swiss to vote on easing Covid-19 restrictions as cases surge

Switzerland has one of the lowest vaccination rates in Western Europe and Covid-19 infections are rising exponentially, yet voters are being asked whether the country should drop some restrictions altogether.

Former top NZ marathon runner criticises new IOC transgender rules

Former New Zealand marathon runner Alison Roe has criticised the International Olympic Committee's new framework for transgender and intersex athletes.

KiwiSaver default funds not for everyone - financial consulting firm

Women could counter some of the lost earnings from the gender pay gap by switching out of a default KiwiSaver fund, according to an online platform that provides financial advice.

Covid 19 Delta outbreak: Mixed reactions from businesses on Government's new financial support

Auckland businesses have had a mixed reaction to the city moving to the red phase of the new Covid-19 protection framework, also known as the Traffic Light System, with some saying the tapering of Government financial support under...

Smart Environmental, Earthcare in waste management company merger

Smart Environmental and Earthcare Environmental are to merge, creating New Zealand's third-biggest waste management company.The companies said the move would accelerate the growth of a leading-edge "circular economy" focused organisation,...

Racing: Every post a winner for picket fence Pareanui Bay

Exciting 3-year-old Pareanui Bay made it three wins from three starts when he won the Listed Eagle Memorial 3YO (1500m) at Te Aroha yesterday.The Tony Pike-trained Lonhro gelding hadn't been seen since recording a stunning win in...

New Covid variant: Will new measures against Omicron work?

The new variant's genetic profile has raised concerns, but there's a shortage of real-world data, writes BBC science and health correspondent James Gallagher.

Virgil Abloh: Designer and Off-White founder dies aged 41

Virgil Abloh, the Louis Vuitton artistic director and founder of the Off-White fashion label, has died from cancer aged 41, it has been announced.

Finance and investment firms join in plan for community housing

A trio of finance and investment concerns are combining to back a $200 million investment in community housing.

Black Friday price hikes and fake sales on the rise, says PriceSpy

Black Friday has become one of the biggest sales days around the world but new research shows some discounts may be dud deals.Pricing and comparison service PriceSpy says nearly one in five products it listed saw a price hike on...

Eroad makes net loss of $2.9m for six months to September

Transport software company Eroad has slipped to a half year loss as Covid-19 affected sales, and expenses rose as it pressed on with market and product development ahead of its takeover of a rival business.

Rugby: Justice for the Pacific Islands? There is a bit more to it

Comment: The final whistle has blown on the Southern Hemisphere season, but perhaps the most significant victory was when World Rugby opened up their eligibility rules, Jamie Wall writes.

New Zealand well placed to detect and contain new Omicron Covid variant - expert

An infectious diseases expert believes the country is well placed to detect and respond to any cases of the Omicron Covid-19 variant.

Cricket: Black Caps cling on for stunning draw against India in first test

Under the cover of a dimly lit Kanpur sky, the Black Caps have pulled off one of New Zealand cricket's greatest heists.Tom Latham laid the plan, Will Somerville cased the scene, Rachin Ravindra stole the plaudits and Ajaz Patel...

Big final day ahead for Black Caps

The Black Caps face a tough final day of the first Test against India in Kanpur.

Cricket: Dane Cleaver's quickfire ton leads Central Stags to victory while Sparks beat Hinds

Central Stags wicketkeeper-batsman Dane Cleaver smashed one of New Zealand's fastest T20 centuries to finish unbeaten on 114 as the Stags hit the ground running in their first Super Smash game of the season.Cleaver's maiden T20...

Racing: Majestic Man tipped to justify favouritism

Sole flag flyer Majestic Man is going to need to improve for New Zealand to have any chance of lifting an Inter Dominion title over the next fortnight.The good news for Kiwi harness fans is champion horseman Anthony Butt is certain...

South Africa's president calls for lifting of Omicron travel bans

South Africa's president has condemned travel bans enacted against his country and its neighbours over the new coronavirus variant Omicron.

Omicron Covid-19: Australia records first cases of new variant

Australia has recorded its first cases of the new Omicron Covid-19 variant.Genomic testing has confirmed two recent arrivals into Sydney were infected with the new strain."Both passengers came to Sydney from southern Africa on...

Inflation weighs down consumer spending - Report

Rising inflation and higher interest rates are weighing on consumers' appetite to spend.

Omicron: Why WHO skipped 'Nu,' 'Xi' for new Covid variant

The name of a newly identified variant of the coronavirus has had some social media users scratching their heads about the World Health Organisation's system for labelling certain versions of the virus.The WHO chose to dub the variant,...

Covid-19: Japan bans entry of foreign visitors as Omicron spreads

Japan announced today that it will suspend entry of all foreign visitors over fear of the Omicron variant spreading."We are taking the step as an emergency precaution to prevent a worst-case scenario in Japan," Prime Minister Fumio...

India on top in first test

India are in control after day one of the first Test against the Black Caps thanks to debutant's knock.

Dad charged with murder after allegedly blaming cat for baby's horror injuries

A US man has been charged with murdering his infant daughter after blaming the family cat for leaving her with broken legs, broken ribs and bleeding from the brain.Minnesota man Kristopher Henderson is accused of inflicting the...

Covid 19 Omicron outbreak: Netherlands and Australia confirm cases as borders slam shut

The Netherlands confirmed 13 cases of the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus and Australia found two as the countries half a world apart became the latest to detect it in travellers arriving from southern Africa.Israel decided...

Woman in custody after fire guts two rooms in Cairns Covid-19 quarantine hotel

A 31-year-old woman is in police custody after a fire broke out at a Cairns quarantine hotel early on Sunday morning, forcing the evacuation of more than 160 people.

Basketball: New country, new name for US citizen 'Enes Kanter Freedom'

Boston Celtics centre Enes Kanter is changing his name to "Enes Kanter Freedom" to celebrate becoming a United States citizen.Kanter's manager, Hank Fetic, told The Associated Press that Kanter is will have his citizenship oath...

Horse racing: NZB's innovative plan to get Aussie buyers to Karaka sales

New Zealand Bloodstock is pulling out all the stops to get Australian buyers to the Karaka yearling sales in March by putting a compelling test case to the Government.The sales are a key financial driver for the entire racing industry...

Carbon footprints in the spotlight at tourism industry summit

The tourism industry is being challenged to lead the fight to reduce carbon emissions as part of a major new initiative.

Boxing: Underdog George Kambosos stuns boxing world with all-time title boilover

Australia's George Kambosos Jr. has pulled one of boxing's great recent upsets, becoming the unified IBF, WBO, WBA and The Ring lightweight world champion.The 28-year-old Sydneysider stunned unbeaten favourite Teofimo Lopez via...

KiwiRail worker strikes still on as mediation stalls: union boss 'optimistic' of resolution

Mediation between state-owned KiwiRail and the union representing its workers has so far failed to avert the threat of strike action likely to further choke New Zealand's stressed supply chain and disrupt holiday plans in the run-up...

Demand boosts Oceania Healthcare profits

Aged care service provider Oceania Healthcare has reported a strong lift in first half profit, driven by increased demand for independent living apartments and villas.

Australia to introduce new laws to force media platforms to unmask online trolls

Australia will introduce legislation to make social media giants provide details of users who post defamatory comments, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said today.

Former prime minister Jim Bolger denounces capitalism, says National Party 'disappointing'

Former prime minister Jim Bolger says the "disappointing" National Party has to reimagine capitalism because social inequality is pushing countries towards revolution.Bolger, a National MP for 26 years and New Zealand's prime minister...

Basketball: Covid-hit Breakers plead for postponement of Australian NBL opener

Breakers owner Matt Walsh has pleaded with the Australian NBL to postpone the Covid-hit club's season-opening game.The Breakers' outbreak has risen to nine cases with Walsh confirming both he and coach Dan Shamir had tested positive...

Black Caps fight back in first test

Tim Southee has claimed a five wicket bag as the Black Caps fight back in the first Test against India.

Cummins replaces Paine as Aussie test skipper

Fast bowler Pat Cummins has been named captain of the Australia test cricket side replacing Tim Paine, who stood down from the position last week.

Tax changes causing confusion for property investors

Investors are going off the residential property market amid confusion about ongoing tax changes.

Merger set to clean up the waste industry

Two big players in the waste sector are merging to form the country's largest locally owned waste management group.

Property devaluations push Radius Residential interim profit down from $2.1m to $1.3m

Newly-listed rest home specialist Radius Residential Care made $1.3 million net profit after tax in its latest half-year, down on the previous $2.1m due largely to falling revaluations. Revenue rose from $59.4m in the September...

Dunedin tax-dodger has director ban lifted

Despite defrauding Customs for six years, a Dunedin businessman has been allowed to continue as a company director.Paul Lambert Clarke, 45, appeared in the Dunedin District Court in July, where he was convicted of two charges of...

Covid-19: Businesses get more detail on operating under traffic light system

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has this morning released guidance for businesses on how operate under the traffic light system.

Rugby: Barbarians match called off 90 minutes before kick-off due to Covid cases

This morning's (NZT) match between the Barbarians men's team and Samoa at Twickenham was cancelled just 90 minutes before kickoff due to coronavirus cases among the invititational side.A statement released by the Rugby Football...

Indian bowlers trouble Blackcaps on day three

Left-arm spinner Axar Patel claimed figures of 5-62 to help India grab a handy 49-run first-innings lead in the opening test against New Zealand.

Black Friday: Retail NZ says there's a sense of gloom in Wellington

Black Friday marks one of the busiest shopping days of the year but Retail NZ says there's a sense of gloom throughout Wellington's CBD. For most retailers across the country, the Christmas shopping period officially begins today...

Covid-19 surge in South Korea may hurt Kim Jong-un

The tension on the Korean peninsula has always been most palpable at the strip of land where these two nations meet - the DMZ.

NZ Refining seeks $43.5m for private storage at Marsden Point

NZ Refining went into a trading halt on the NZX while it undertook a $43.5 million share placement and share purchase plan to fund private storage services at Marsden Point.Trade is expected to resume tomorrow.The company, which...

Covid 19 Omicron in Australia: Two more cases of new variant detected in NSW

Genomic testing has confirmed two more overseas travellers who recently arrived in New South Wales in Australia have been infected with the Omicron variant.That brings the total number of Omicron cases in the state to four.Both...

Israel first country to ban all foreign visitors over Omicron fears

Israel has shut its doors to foreign tourists, the first country to do so due to concerns about the new Covid-19 variant Omicron.During a meeting of the Israeli coronavirus cabinet, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said the country...

Covid-19 Delta outbreak: Tourism Industry Aotearoa says pandemic could cost $65 billion

Tourism has lost $26 billion in earnings since the pandemic began and $39 billion more could be lost before the industry recovers to a ''new normal'' here. An industry summit today was also told by Tourism Minister Stuart that...

Rugby: Stephen Jones says time is running out for Ian Foster as All Blacks coach

British rugby critic Stephen Jones is predicting a swift end to Ian Foster's tenure as All Blacks coach if the side's losing streak extends any further.After losses to both Ireland and France to end a gruelling stretch of almost...

Asset Plus interim profit falls 78%, $350m Auckland CBD office project downsized

Listed landlord Asset Plus suffered a 78 per cent interim net profit after tax drop, from $11.5m to $2.5m and it has downsized a $350m Auckland CBD office project because of the pandemic.Investment property revaluation gains of...

Online sales help The Warehouse as directors' fees increase

The Warehouse has revealed the impact of recent Covid trading restrictions on its business, noting a 14.6 per cent sales decline in the three months to the end of October.Speaking at the company's virtual annual meeting today, chief...

Covid-19 delta outbreak: Vegan who refused Covid jab because it was tested on animals dies of virus

A vegan who refused the Covid-19 vaccine because it was tested on animals has died of the virus.UK man Glynn Steel faced a possibly preventable two-week battle in intensive care, eventually begging the nurses for the Covid-19 vaccine....

Motorsport: Frank Williams, founder of Formula One team, dies at 79

Sir Frank Williams, the founder and former team principal of Williams Racing, has died. He was 79.Williams took his motor racing team from an empty carpet warehouse to the summit of Formula One, overseeing 114 victories, a combined...

Covid 19 Omicron: Australia's easing of border restrictions delayed because of new variant

The Australian federal government has "paused" its plan to ease border restrictions from Wednesday, December 1, delaying the move by a fortnight as the world grapples with the new Omicron Covid variant.This means fully vaccinated...

Watch: Bizarre new Indian tactic sparks controversy against Black Caps

Polarising India star Ravichandran Ashwin has debuted a bizarre new tactic during India's Test clash with New Zealand.Ashwin has sparked controversy in the past for repeatedly claiming 'mankad' dismissals, and in September earned...

Two cases of Omicron variant of Covid-19 detected in Australia

New South Wales Health said tonight that two passengers who arrived into Sydney from South Africa last night have tested positive for the strain.

Wellington jeweller's technology for setting diamonds stronger than traditional techniques

A Wellington-based jeweller has come up with a laser sharp way to set diamonds off in their best light.

Football: Tottenham fan's epic journey to watch team foiled by final-hour cancellation

Heavy snowfall caused the the late cancellation of an English Premier League match on Monday, causing heartbreak for one fan who travelled almost 8000km for the game.Burnley were due to host Tottenham at Turf Moor before the snow...

Pizza order 'rage' that led Mildura father to take his son's life

WARNING: This story discusses graphic content, including the death of a small child. Evander Wilson held his baby boy close."Daddy's sorry," he said.What he was sorry for, wasn't entirely clear.Perhaps it was because he'd...

Victoria deaths top 500 in latest Covid-19 outbreak

There are now more than 11,300 active cases of the virus in Victoria, as tighter border rules come into force to respond to the new Omicron variant.

Racing: Gold Watch continues red-hot winning streak

Gold Watch, one of the most exciting gallopers in New Zealand racing, kept his winning streak intact at Te Aroha on Saturday with another powerful display to take out the open 1400m contest on the card.The Cliff Goss-trained 5-year-old...

NZ sharemarket slides after investors shaken from Covid complacency

The New Zealand sharemarket continued to slide in early trading in reaction to the emergence a new Covid-19 variant, Omicron.By 11am the S&P/NZX50 Index was down 1.4 per cent at 12,448, having already dropped by 2.3 per cent on...

Oceania Healthcare increases interim profit 22pc: Covid slows sales, Auckland construction

Listed retirement village company Oceania Healthcare made an interim underlying net profit after tax of $27.5 million, up 22 per cent on the previous $22.5m but Covid has caused disruptions, particularly in Auckland. Sales were...

Today's sports news: What you need to know

In today's sports news - Breakers postponement request denied, Silver Ferns defender announces pregnancy and Chelsea held by United.

Stock markets shudder over new Covid-19 variant

The emergence of a new coronavirus variant has spooked financial markets around the Asia Pacific region.

Australian law could force social media firms to reveal users' identities

The Australian government is drafting laws that could force social media companies to reveal the identities of anonymous users in an effort to crack down on online trolling.

Barbados ditches the Queen to become a republic - is Australia next?

On a rainy night in Hong Kong in 1997, Prince Charles read a message from his mother Queen Elizabeth II, as Britain handed back sovereignty of the territory to China after more than 150 years of UK rule.Today , nearly a quarter...

US Catholic Church clergy sex abuse whistleblower, dies at 69

Phil Saviano, a clergy sex abuse survivor and whistleblower who played a pivotal role in exposing decades of predatory assaults by Roman Catholic priests in the United States, has died. He was 69.Saviano's story figured prominently...

Cycling NZ on the skids again

Cycling New Zealand is embroiled in more high performance issues, revealing it breached rules over athlete selection while at the Tokyo Olympics but won't say how or who the riders involved were.

Covid-hit NZ Breakers asking for postponement of NBL season opener

The New Zealand Breakers are pushing for their NBL season opener next weekend to be postponed due to the Covid-19 cases within the team's wider group.

NZ sharemarket opens lower in wake of Omicron variant

Local financial markets have opened sharply lower in reaction to the emergence of the Omicron coronavirus strain as close as Australia.

First wahine Māori to head Pharmac advisory board

By Will Trafford of Maori Television The first wahine Māori will take over as chairwoman of Pharmac's Advisory Committee, the group that recommends which pharmaceutical drugs should be funded by the government.Dr Jane Thomas...

Covid 19 Delta outbreak: Expert slams Africa travel ban over Omicron

An African Union vaccine expert has slammed western countries in a scathing TV interview, criticising the West for banning Africa over the new Omicron variant and calling for a co-ordinated global shutdown.It comes as Dutch health...

Rugby: How Beauden Barrett inspired England success for Eddie Jones

England head coach Eddie Jones says his time coaching Beauden Barrett in Japan was one of the most inspiring and rewarding moments in his career. Jones recently published his latest book, Leadership, in which he outlines what was...

Demanding schedule: All Whites' tricky path to World Cup revealed

The All Whites will have to negotiate two World Cup qualifying games outside the official FIFA window next March.The final piece of New Zealand's potential World Cup pathway was confirmed on Monday night, with the format of the...

Countdown to Softball World Cup starts again

An upside to the delayed 2022 Men's Softball World Cup is that organisers expect the tournament to be far more competitive.

Police closer to finding person responsible for attempted 'decapitation' of Fitzroy's banana statue

Victoria police are a step closer to learning who tried to "decapitate" the Fitzroy banana statue, releasing images of a person they believe may be able to help with their vandalism investigation.The art installation attracted controversy...

Cricket: Black Caps collapse as India show class on day three of first test

It took until the third day but New Zealand were finally sent into a spin in the first test against India.An encouraging platform was mostly squandered as the hosts' spin trio halted the Black Caps' progress in Kanpur, the tourists...

Today's sports news: What you need to know

In today's sports news - Football Ferns find it tough, Phoenix win and Covid 19 continues to interrupt sport.

Chinese families 'have lost everything' says Solomons group

A group representing Chinese people in Solomon Islands says many Chinese families have lost everything and been left homeless following the widespread looting and torching of shops and properties.

Refining NZ plans to offer private storage for customers as part of operations changes

Refining New Zealand has announced plans to raise just over $43 million to fund a new venture as it becomes an import only terminal.

NRL: Brandon Smith slammed over 'disrespectful' interview all but confirming next move

Brandon Smith has been torched over his "highly disrespectful" comments in a revealing interview where he all but confirmed where he'll line up in 2023.Smith's future has been a major storyline as of late, with the Gold Coast Titans,...

Tributes pour in after Unfiltered founder Jake Millar dies aged 26

Tributes have been paid to Kiwi entrepreneur Jake Millar, who died in Kenya, aged 26.His death adds to the family tragedy, which also includes the death of Millar's father in a skydiving plane crash in Fox Glacier, which killed...

Omicron variant: International travel rules tighten in many countries

Israel is the the first country to shut its borders completely as most major countries impose restrictions on travel from southern Africa, to try to contain the new Covid-19 variant called Omicron.

'Wrong gun' killing: Jury selection to begin for trial of police officer who shot Daunte Wright

When a suburban Minneapolis police officer shot and killed Daunte Wright in April, her reaction on body-camera video seemed to instantly establish the key facts of the case: "I grabbed the wrong [expletive] gun," Kim Potter said....

Today's sports news: What you need to know

In today's sports news - More COVID for Breakers, Manchester United sign new manager, Rassie Erasmus won't appeal ban and female athletes are target of social media abuse.

Positive Capital teams up with Alvarium, Pathfinder for community housing

Positive Capital says it has been joined by investment firm Alvarium and KiwiSaver provider Pathfinder to build $200 million of new public housing through a shared equity programme.The company said it had developed an equity programme...

More stores mistakenly sell recalled sugar products

Both of New Zealand's two major supermarket companies have now had contaminated sugar mistakenly sold after it made its way onto supermarket shelves after a recall.

Sir Ian Taylor - Nine questions for the Prime Minister about Covid tests in NZ

OPINION: I have to declare a potential conflict of interest. I voted for the current Government on the basis that I believed the Prime Minister when she said this would be one of the most transparent governments – ever.I have...

Covid 19 coronavirus: More Omicron cases pop up as world rushes to learn more

Cases of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus popped up in countries on opposite sides of the world Sunday and many governments rushed to close their borders even as scientists cautioned that it's not clear if the new variant is...

Cricket: Black Caps face fearsome challenge to beat India on final day of first test

Oh to be a touring cricket team in India, where you can play exceptionally well for four days yet still need to produce something special on the fifth to claim victory.Such is life for the Black Caps after four gripping days of...

Sports sector's mixed reaction to pending border changes

There's a mixed mood among the New Zealand elite sports community as athletes and officials continue to digest the major border changes announced by the government.

Sacking Foster as All Blacks coach would help arrest decline in NZ rugby

Opinion: You think this current situation with the All Blacks is bad? Heck, the next few years for rugby in New Zealand could be even worse, Hamish Bidwell writes.

Covid-19: 'At the moment, we don't know' much about Omicron - virologist

Explainer - The World Health Organisation has declared a new coronavirus variant to be "of concern" and named it Omicron. Here's what we know so far.

Who is the real Ghislaine Maxwell: Epstein enabler or pawn?

Ghislaine Maxwell spent the first half of her life with her father, a rags-to-riches billionaire who looted his companies' pension funds before dying a mysterious death. She spent the second with another tycoon, Jeffrey Epstein, who...

2degrees and Orcon Group merger talks may have hit a wall - media report

Merger talks between telecommunications company 2degrees and local broadband operator Orcon Group may have hit a wall, according to an Australian media report.

Covid 19: Vaccine theory about footballers collapsing debunked

When Danish footballer Christian Eriksen suffered cardiac arrest and collapsed face-forward into the turf at Copenhagen's Parken Stadium in June, spectators, teammates and opposition players held their collective breath.The 29-year-old...

US and Iran seek to break impasse at talks on reviving nuclear deal

Critical talks with Iran to prevent the collapse of a nuclear deal are to resume in Vienna after five months.

NSW confirms two more Omicron Covid-19 cases in travellers

Genomic testing has confirmed another two cases of the Omicron Covid-19 variant from passengers who arrived in Sydney from southern Africa last night.

Major hotel chain only allowing fully vaccinated guests

The requirement will come into force when the new traffic light system comes into place.

Radius Care reports lower half-year profit

Higher wage costs and the recent Covid-19 lockdown have weighed on The aged care operator's half-year profit.

Roadmap for tourism recovery outlines potential challenges and costs

Tourism Industry Aotearoa chief executive Chris Roberts says the roadmap aimed to provide guidance so tourism businesses could plan for a range of potential pathways.

Infectious diseases expert: When it comes to the Omicron variant, there is hope for New Zealand

An infectious diseases expert believes the country is well placed to detect and respond to any cases of the Omicron Covid-19 variant.The World Health Organisation declared the new variant to be "of concern" and New Zealand has banned...

Nothing left: Expats remain in troubled Solomons as clean-up begins

With no plans to evacuate their citizens from Honiara, the international community is closely monitoring the situation in the Solomon Islands following a week of political unrest.

Today's sports news: What you need to know

In today's sports news - All Whites path clearer, Amelia Kerr stars with bat and ball in Super Smash opener and plan to tackle racism in cricket.

Paine taking 'indefinite mental health break' from cricket

The former Australia test cricket captain Tim Paine is taking an "indefinite mental health break" from the game leaving Australia's Ashes preparations in disarray.

Covid 19 Omicron outbreak: China warns of 'colossal' Covid outbreak as virus variant emerges

A group of Chinese mathematicians have offered a "clear warning" about the devastating impacts of the country abandoning its zero-tolerance Covid policies.The study, conducted by mathematicians at Beijing's Peking University, found...

Covid 19 Omicron: South Africa faces life as variant hot spot

The overcast, drizzly skies match the sombre mood at the Tshwane University of Technology, a hot spot in South Africa's latest surge of Covid-19 cases, apparently driven by the new omicron variant that is leading countries around...