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Time to panic? UK calls for urgent meeting of G7 health ministers

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The UK has officially called an urgent meeting of G7 health ministers amid growing concerns about the Omicron covid variant

This follows a further 13 cases detected in people in the Dutch capital of Amsterdam in passengers arriving on two flights from South Africa.

The 13 new cases are among 61 people who also tested positive for the virus as tighter restrictions come into force in the Netherlands amid concerns for this new strain and skyrocketing case numbers across Europe.

Throughout the Netherlands, hospitality and cultural venues will be forced to close early and there will be limits on home gatherings.

Omicron was first reported to the World Health Organisation by South Africa with early evidence suggesting a higher risk of re-infection.

The WHO has labeled the new strain as “a variant of concern”

The Dutch health minister has made an urgent request for people who have recently returned from South Africa to get tested for Covid “as soon as possible”.

Cases of the mutation have now been reported in a number of countries right around the world, including the UK, Germany and Italy.

The Netherlands is one of a number of countries to have imposed travel restrictions on some countries in southern Africa, whilst Israel has banned entry to all non-residents for two weeks.

Meanwhile, British Prime minister Boris Johnson says his government is watching the situation closely, but his nation’s borders will remain open.

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Google’s AI-powered search engine goes wild

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Google’s AI-powered search engine has been suggesting unconventional combinations, leaving users bewildered and even concerned at the results.

Users have taken to social media platforms to express their astonishment and amusement at the unusual search results.

Dr Karen Sutherland from UniSC joins to discuss. #featured #trending

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Tim Cook eyes a worthy successor to the Apple empire

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As Apple CEO Tim Cook’s tenure at the company enters its later years, speculation swirls regarding who will succeed the tech giant’s iconic leader.

On this episode of Ahron & Mike Live – Canva makes a break for Broadway, AI has been likened to a ‘demigod’, astronomers develop new tech to counter asteroids and has Apple found its next successor? #featured

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Netflix CEO is confident AI will not replace writers

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Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos reassured writers that artificial intelligence won’t replace them or jeopardize their jobs.

While acknowledging AI’s role in content recommendation and production efficiency, Sarandos emphasised the importance of human creativity in crafting compelling narratives.

Tom Finnigan from Talkingbrands.ai joins to discuss.

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