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  1. Covid jabs should protect against new variant of Omicron

    Michelle Roberts

    Health editor, BBC News online

    Scientists have been keeping a close watch on a variant of Omicron called BA.2.

    It looks slightly different to "regular" BA.1 Omicron and scientists say these changes or mutations it has undergone might make it a bit more infectious.

    In some countries, such as Denmark, it has been gaining ground over BA.1.

    Covid cases of this type have been increasing in recent weeks in the UK, although the bulk of infections are still BA.1 Omicron.

    An initial analysis by UK experts for the government suggests existing Covid jabs are holding up well against both types of Omicron.

    According to the UK Health Security Agency, protection against symptomatic illness is about 70% a fortnight after having your booster.

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  3. Morocco to reopen airspace after two-month closure

    BBC World Service

    Air Arabia Maroc Airbus A320 aircraft as seen at Fes - Sais Airport near the city of Fez while passenger are seen boarding the plane.
    Image caption: Morocco banned all incoming and outgoing international flights last November

    Morocco has said it will reopen its airspace to international passenger flights next month.

    The North African country banned all incoming and outgoing international flights last November to try and limit the spread of the Omicron variant of coronavirus.

    Moroccan Prime Minister Aziz Akhannouch said that the ban would be lifted on 7 February.

    Mr Akhannouch urged passengers to comply with Covid-19 guidelines and called on Moroccans to take their vaccine jabs.

    Morocco has had just more than 15,000 Covid fatalities so far.

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