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Covid live news: Germany registers record 92,223 new cases; Omicron variant now dominant in Italy

Robert Koch Institute reports another daily cases record and 286 deaths; Italy’s National Health Institute says at least 81% of cases are Omicron

South Korea will extend tougher social distancing rules for three more weeks amid concerns over a looming Omicron wave ahead of the Lunar New Year holidays, officials said on Friday.

The curbs were restored a month ago just six weeks after being eased under a “living with Covid-19” scheme, as record-breaking numbers of new cases and critically ill patients threatened to saturate the country’s medical system.

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