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Residents in the Australian province of New South Wales are now allowed to stand with their drinks in bars, following the latest easing of Covid-19 restrictions, Elias Visontay reports.

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10.32am GMT

Two South Korean provinces have ordered all foreign workers to be tested for Covid-19 in moves to curtail the spread of the virus which have been criticised as discriminatory.

Korea Times reports:

On Tuesday, the Seoul Metropolitan Government said it would issue the order for all foreign workers and their employers to undergo coronavirus testing by 31 March, following a similar measure taken by the surrounding Gyeonggi Province last week.

Many foreigners said the labelling of all foreign workers as a “high-risk group” for contracting and spreading the virus is racist and discriminatory, and also complained about unclear guidelines of who needs to be tested and insufficient preparation for carrying out large scale testing for all foreigners. There are 242,623 registered foreign workers in the city as of last December, but city officials estimate the total number may be as high as 390,000.

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