In the headlines
China will drop quarantine requirements for international arrivals from 8 January, as it rapidly ditches its zero-Covid policy. With the country now seeing an estimated one million new cases a day, virologists are “watching nervously” for signs of a new variant, says The Guardian – Japan and India have already introduced stricter testing for travellers coming from China. At least 62 people have died in the winter storm raging across America. Looting has been reported in the city of Buffalo, where thousands are still without power and military police have been drafted in to enforce a driving ban. A gang of feral pigs is terrorising locals in the Cumbrian town of Silloth, says the Daily Star. The porcine renegades, which escaped from a nearby farm, have been dubbed the “Porky Blinders”.