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Dozens of young Irish doctors and nurses have quit their jobs in Australia to return home to fight the pandemic but cannot get flights, leaving them in limbo, reports my colleague Rory Carroll in Dublin.

Several airlines have suspended flights from Australia to Ireland and other routes are closed because of bans on transit through Singapore, Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

Some business class flights remain available but are very expensive, prompting the medics to ask the Irish government to arrange a flight and if necessary charter a plane.

Reuters are reporting that the Olympic flame, which flew to Japan last week from Greece, will be carried not by relay runners.

Lantern carrying Olympic flame in vehicle will replace torch in Japan

Related: Athletes across globe call for Olympic postponement as countries pull out

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