December 21, Tuesday, 2021 (1:30 p.m.) Newsline

1.The chief of the World Health Organization is warning that the Omicron variant of the coronavirus is spreading significantly faster than the Delta variant.
2.US drug maker Moderna says a booster dose of its coronavirus vaccine appears to be highly effective against the Omicron variant in lab testing.
3.The health ministry says 14 travelers who entered Japan between December 12 and 16 have been confirmed to have the omicron coronavirus variant. The ministry says the travelers, ranging in age from under 10 to their 60s, arrived at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, Narita Airport near Tokyo, and Kansai International Airport in western Japan. They were coming from the United States, Britain, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and South Sudan.