Visitors present their so-called "Green Pass" to be checked at the entrance to the Altare della Patria monument in Piazza Venezia on December 05, 2021 in Rome. LEHTIKUVA / AFP

Tighter Covid-19 restrictions for the unvaccinated go hand in hand with greater willingness to get the shot. That is the finding of an ifo study on vaccine willingness in the German-Austrian border region.

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Spinnova fibre.

For the second time, nova-Institute grants the “Cellulose Fibre Innovation of the Year” within the framework the “International Conference on Cellulose Fibres 2022” (2-3 February 2022). The advisory board of the conference nominated six highly interesting products, ranging from cellulose made of orange- and wood pulp to a novel technology for cellulose fibre production.

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A healthcare worker assists a traveller to obtain his test results after conducting a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) Covid-19 test at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. LEHTIKUVA / AFP

People infected with the Omicron COVID-19 variant are not permitted to leave South Africa, the country's embassy in Moscow told Sputnik on Tuesday.

"South Africa follows and enforces globally recognised COVID-19 health protocols on travel. No infected individuals are permitted to leave the country," the embassy said.

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A scene from the film "Quarantine"

The 79th awards of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association will be presented in January 2022 in Los Angeles.

This year has been a difficult one for the film industry and international film festivals. The 2022 Golden Globes were in risk of not being held at all.

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Shoppers, some wearing face-masks, walk along Oxford Street in central London on December 2, 2021, as compulsory mask wearing in shops and on public transport has been reintroduced in England. LEHTIKUVA / AFP

A further 86 cases of the Omicron COVID variant have been reported in Britain, taking the total to 246, British health authorities confirmed Sunday.

This compares with a total of 160 on Saturday, an increase of more than 50 percent, according to the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA).

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People who arrived on international flights wait to be tested on the first day of a new rapid COVID-19 testing site for arriving international passengers at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on December 3, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. LEHTIKUVA / Getty Images / AFP

Maria Van Kerkhove, the technical lead of COVID-19 response at WHO's Emergency Diseases Unit, said on Friday that the Omicron strain of coronavirus has been identified in 38 countries, but Delta remains the dominant variant of COVID-19, reported Sputnik.

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Minister of Transport and Communications Timo Harakka will deliver Finland’s general statement at the IMO General Assembly on 6 December 2021. Alongside decisions relating to the activities of the organisation, the remote meeting will discuss environmental and maritime safety issues.

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Migrants are helped ashore from an RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) lifeboat at a beach in Dungeness, southeast England, on November 24, 2021 after being rescued while crossing the English Channel. LEHTIKUVA / AFP

The worldwide number of international migrants has increased by more than 3 times, from 84 million in 1970 to 281 million in 2020, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said.

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