- HealthThe Guardian
A year after Wuhan alarm, China seeks to change Covid origin story. Reports in state media signal an intensifying propaganda effort to place the birth of the virus in other countries
- NewsAssociated Press
When Turkey changed the way it reports daily COVID-19 infections, it confirmed what medical groups and opposition parties have long suspected — that the country is faced with an alarming surge of cases that is fast exhausting the Turkish health system. In an about-face, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government this week resumed reporting all positive coronavirus tests — not just the number of patients being treated for symptoms — pushing the number of daily cases to above 30,000. No country can report exact numbers on the spread of the disease since many asymptomatic cases go undetected, but the previous way of counting made Turkey look relatively well-off in international comparisons, with daily new cases far below those reported in European countries including Italy, Britain and France.
- NewsThe Telegraph
Peering down from their balconies at the luxury Waikiki hotel, more than a thousand migrants gaze out towards the sea that carried them on their desperate journey fleeing Africa. Their rickety fishing boats lie piled up on docksides waiting to be scrapped. Smashed hulls still bob in the water, a reminder of the eight lives claimed this week off Lanzarote as hundreds more migrants reached Spain’s Canary Islands. The survivors’ safety in hotel accommodation amid the sprawling resorts of southern Gran Canaria is testament to local islanders’ proud benevolence. But generosity is running thin as tempers fray amid a growing crisis that has split Canarian leaders from their mainland colleagues, and reopened old wounds in Europe's hopeless attempt to control migration. The Canary Islands has seen arrivals increase tenfold in a year to around 20,000 by late November. Plans are now afoot to build one of Europe's largest migrant camps, housing 7,000 across three islands. Around 6,000 are currently living in 15 hotel complexes after a deal was struck between hoteliers and the Spanish government.
- CelebrityHuffPost UK
"When you get a picture taken of you it can make you look a lot closer than you actually are," the Strictly Come Dancing star insisted
- NewsSky News
COVID-19: Couple delivering Christmas presents to family stopped by police for breaking coronavirus laws
A couple delivering Christmas presents to their family have been stopped by police for breaking coronavirus laws. The force said the couple were "in breach of COVID legislation", as it revealed 110 vehicles were stopped in the first 24 hours of random checks in the Welsh capital.