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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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FAA uncovers Boeing quality control issues

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The Federal Aviation Administration disclosed concerning findings from its 737 MAX production audit involving Boeing and supplier Spirit AeroSystems.

The audit uncovered multiple instances where the companies allegedly failed to adhere to manufacturing quality control standards.

The FAA highlighted significant “non-compliance issues” within Boeing’s manufacturing processes, including concerns related to parts handling, storage, and product control.

While a summary of the audit findings has been shared with the companies involved, the details have not been made public due to the ongoing nature of the investigation.

Following a mid-air emergency on January 5 involving a new Alaska Airlines 737 MAX 9, where a door plug was lost at 16,000 feet, the FAA initiated the audit.

This incident prompted a temporary grounding of the MAX 9 and raised questions about the aircraft’s safety protocols.

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Boeing, in response to these revelations, has been in discussions to acquire Spirit AeroSystems.

However, the company has not provided immediate comment regarding the audit findings.

FAA Administrator Mike Whitaker emphasized the necessity for Boeing to implement comprehensive corrective measures to address what he termed as “systemic quality-control issues.”

Whitaker stated that Boeing must commit to substantial improvements, with clear milestones and expectations set forth by the FAA.

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Can U.S. Moon lander Odysseus recover from it’s dormancy?

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The U.Ss moon lander Odysseus has gone dormant just a week after its somewhat lopsided touchdown on the lunar surface.

The mission, which aimed to conduct various experiments and collect valuable data, encountered an unexpected setback as the spacecraft’s systems initiated a dormant state.

Engineers and scientists at the space agency are working around the clock to analyze the situation and determine the cause of this unforeseen development.

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Trump wins disqualification case at U.S. supreme court

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Former President Donald Trump has emerged triumphant in the Colorado ballot disqualification case, as the United States Supreme Court upheld the decision in his favour.

The ruling marks the conclusion of a contentious legal battle that began when Colorado sought to disqualify Trump from its ballot during the previous election.

The Supreme Court, in a close decision, sided with Trump, asserting that the grounds for disqualification lacked substantial evidence and did not meet the necessary legal criteria. #ticker today #featured

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