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More than half a million people were placed under lockdown in Beijing on Monday as the Chinese government imposed strict measures to stamp out a handful of Covid-19 cases.
China has largely brought the virus under control, but is tackling a number of local infections with lockdowns and mass testing.
Hospitals in Northern Ireland have narrowly averted declaring a major incident after off-duty staff responded to an appeal to report for work.
Last weekend was the busiest 48 hours for the region’s hospitals since the pandemic began, and the pressure is expected to intensify further, with all six health trusts warning that the number of Covid patients could double by the third week of January.