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Omicron to infect half of Europe within weeks

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More than half of Europe will have been infected with the Omicron variant within weeks according to a stark new warning from the World Health Organisation

Regional European Director for Europe, Hans Kluge says a “west-to-east tidal wave” is sweeping across the continent.

Seven million new cases were reported throughout the region in the first week of 20-22… with the total number of infections more than doubling in just a 14 day period.

And these infection numbers are being seen right around the world.

Kluge says both European and Central Asian nations remain under “intense pressure”… with the virus spreading quickly from Western nations into the Balkans.

New data surrounding Omicron has found the variant is less likely to make people seriously ill… but Omicron is highly infectious and has the ability to impact even those who are fully vaccinated… which is straining hospitals.

In the United Kingdom, the huge number of new infections pushed the health care system to breaking point… and on Monday, Britain reported more than 142-thousand cases.

But Kluge says, despite Omicron’s ability to infect full vaccinated individuals, current vaccines remain the best form of defence against severe disease..

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U.S. Reveals Missile Defence Strategy

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The U.S. Strategic Command has revealed one of it’s goals for missile defence, Admiral Charles Richard, said the utmost priority is a vigorous missile warning capability

The head of the U.S. Strategic Command, Admiral Charles Richard, said the utmost need is a vigorous missile warning capability.

In regards to the critical nature of missile warning systems -Admiral Charles Richard said “I know what to do and how to posture and dispose my forces, and it’s due to these rapidly expanding and evolving threats: hypersonic weapons, cruise missiles potentially with intercontinental range, unmanned aerial systems, proliferation of shorter-range ballistic missiles and several novel weapon systems”.

Last year China tested a hypersonic missile,

And Richard says that this is a prime example of an emerging capability.

And with these types of weapons, Richard says the US is face to face with decreased warning ability.

Arguing his case for the importance of developing advanced missile warning capabilities, the chief of the US Strategic Command also said that part of the deterrence strategy is “the need to reevaluate and readjust our missile defense posture”.

What Richard is talking about exactly is to have the capacity to defeat missile threats even before the shot is fired.

And if the US develops the technology to do this to even the most advanced weapons systems- it will be a game changer.

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Actress Denise Dowse passes away

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Actress and Director Denise Dowse has passed away at the age of 64.

Dowse was most known for her roles in “Beverly Hills 90210”, “Insecure” and ‘Ray”, as well as appearances in shows such as ‘Charmed”, “The West Wing” and “Law and Order”.

Dowse’s sister, Tracy, made the announcement about her sister’s death on the actress’ Instagram account.

The actress was also a strong advocate for African American theatre, and dedicated to sharing her profession with children.

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Tom Holland firms as favourite for James Bond role

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Actor Tom Holland has had his chances of playing the prized role of James Bond strengthened over other contenders.

According to reports, the producers want to cast a younger-looking actor who happens to also be under 5’10”.

The 26-year-old fits both categories, but this also rules out several other people, including Idris Elba and Tom Hardy.

Producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson won’t be revealing too many more details, as the identity of the actor playing the role won’t be known until next year.

There are reports that the next actor will play 007 in an origin story in the future.

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