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The proprietor of UK restaurant chains together with Wagamama and Frankie & Benny’s stated it anticipated full-year earnings to hit the highest finish of its forecast regardless of a dramatic slowdown in gross sales final month due to the impression of the unfold of the Omicron variant.
The Restaurant Group (TRG), which owns 650 eating places and pubs and operates 70 concessions principally in airports, expects adjusted earnings for 2021 to be on the prime finish of its £73m to £79m steerage to traders. It welcomed the federal government’s choice to raise plan B restrictions however warned that shopper confidence would possibly take longer to get better.
Learn extra of Mark Sweney’s report right here: Wagamama proprietor TRG expects to rise above the Omicron impact
EU well being ministers assembly at this time to debate strategy to fourth dose of Covid-19 vaccines
Russia units new file for every day Covid instances at 49,513
Authorities and pet-lovers in Hong Kong are locked in a sport of cat and mouse, with residents mounting a clandestine rescue operation for hamsters condemned to be euthanised over fears they may transmit Covid-19.
On Tuesday, authorities and well being officers introduced traces of the virus had been discovered on 11 hamsters, all in a pet store the place a 23-year-old workers member had fallen ailing. They determined greater than 2,000 of the imported animals, together with any pets purchased since 22 December, have to be killed, and “strongly advisable” house owners give up their pets.
For a lot of, it was the ultimate straw after two years of advert hoc and infrequently illogical pandemic measures, and residents sprung into motion, providing to cover or undertake the doomed pets. Tens of 1000’s signed petitions, whereas others supplied to pretend backdated receipts to earlier than 22 December, the Washington Put up reported. Teams gathered outdoors assortment services urging folks to not hand over their animals.
One Causeway Bay girl, who gave the title Jessica, stated she volunteered on a social media group to deal with a hamster, however was nonetheless ready to be assigned one. “There are numerous different volunteers,” she stated. “I left a message saying which space I’m in, and that I might take one hamster as a result of the flat I dwell in is small and I’ve a canine.
Learn extra of Helen Davidson’s report right here: Hongkongers launch hamster rescue mission after Covid cull declared
Germany information one other new file for every day Covid instances