Severe Covid infection doubles chances of dying in following year – study | Coronavirus

Patients who survive severe Covid are more than twice as likely to die over the following year than those who remain uninfected or experience milder virus symptoms, a study says.The research, published in Frontiers in Medicine, suggests that serious coronavirus infections may significantly damage long-term health, showing the importance of vaccination.The increased risk of dying … Read more

Four die in Peshawar as govt expedites Covid vaccination – Newspaper

Four die in Peshawar as govt expedites Covid vaccination - Newspaper

PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa recorded four more mortalities, all from Peshawar, due to coronavirus and 80 new cases on Tuesday as health department ordered acceleration of vaccination efforts to inoculate the target population. Health Secretary Mohammad Tahir Orakzai issued a notification regarding launching a special three-day drive from December 1 to December 3. It said that … Read more

Courts block two Biden administration COVID vaccine mandates

Courts block two Biden administration COVID vaccine mandates

Nov 30 (Reuters) – The Biden administration was blocked on Tuesday from enforcing two mandates requiring millions of American workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19, a key part of its strategy for controlling the spread of the coronavirus.U.S. District Judge Terry Doughty in Monroe, Louisiana, temporarily blocked the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) … Read more

‘Midwest Is the Current COVID Hot Spot,’ According to Dr. Allison Arwady – NBC Chicago

‘Midwest Is the Current COVID Hot Spot,’ According to Dr. Allison Arwady – NBC Chicago

Cases are rising in several Midwest states as temperatures cool and people head inside this winter, making the area the “current COVID hot spot,” according to Chicago’s top doctor. Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady noted Tuesday that Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin “currently have the highest rates of COVID-19 in the country … Read more

South African Company Nears License to Sell J. & J. Covid Shot Across Africa

South African Company Nears License to Sell J. & J. Covid Shot Across Africa

The South African drug maker Aspen Pharmacare announced on Tuesday that it was finalizing the first agreement to control production of a Covid-19 vaccine in Africa.The deal, with Johnson & Johnson, would allow Aspen to bottle and market the Johnson & Johnson vaccine across Africa under the brand name Aspenovax. Aspen would then have the … Read more

Results on suspect Covid samples expected tomorrow

Covid hospitalisations up 20% in the last week

Results are expected tomorrow on a number of Covid-19 samples being sequenced at the National Virus Reference Laboratory to see if any contain the Omicron variant of concern. The Government yesterday said that 11 positive tests were being further examined to see whether or not they were the new Omicron variant. Earlier, the Health Service … Read more

Covid travel restrictions: Do they work?

Covid travel restrictions: Do they work?

(CNN) — Governments are trying to buy time with a rash of new travel restrictions as they figure out the potential impact of Omicron.But the restrictions are being criticized by some officials and medical experts as ineffective and potentially damaging to global coronavirus tracking.”I think this is really an illusion of protection,” CNN medical analyst … Read more

Covid omicron variant linked to vaccine inequality, experts say

Covid omicron variant linked to vaccine inequality, experts say

Rich countries can’t say they weren’t warned.For almost as long as Covid-19 has been around, scientists, academics and campaigners have called on wealthy nations to share vaccines around the world — not only to protect people in those countries, but also to reduce the risk of new mutant variants emerging that could evade vaccines for everyone.Those sounding the alarm … Read more

EU could approve shot against new Covid variant in 3-4 months

EU could approve shot against new Covid variant in 3-4 months

European Medicines Agency Executive Director, Emer Cooke, appears on screen during a videoconference in Brussels, Belgium March 16, 2021. REUTERS/Yves Herman/Pool/file photoRegister now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.comRegisterNov 30 (Reuters) – The EU drug regulator said on Tuesday it could approve vaccines adapted to target the Omicron variant of the coronavirus within three to … Read more

Govt urged to assess impact of Covid rules on children

Govt urged to assess impact of Covid rules on children

The Ombudsman for Children has said that any new Covid-19 measures around children socialising must be appropriate and proportionate as the last 18 months have already been extremely stressful for them. He comments come as the Cabinet is to consider a proposal that would advise parents to reduce their children’s social interaction outside school. However, … Read more

Dengue, Covid prevention discussed

Novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has not gone anywhere yet, occasion Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center Former Executive Director Seemi Jamali said on Monday. Covid should not be considered a myth, as portrayed on the social media, Jamali said and warned against lowering guards against the pandemic. She was speaking at a seminar organised by the Arts … Read more

Audit finds massive irregularities in Covid spending – Pakistan

Audit finds massive irregularities in Covid spending - Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: An audit report on Covid-19 expenditures has pointed out irregularities of up to Rs5.24 billion in purchases of sugar, ghee and wheat flour by the Utility Stores Corporation (USC), including procurement of unfit ghee and edible oil worth Rs1.40bn. The report on “expenditures incurred on Covid-19 by federal government” released by the finance ministry … Read more

New Covid danger – Newspaper

New Covid danger - Newspaper

DESPITE a palpable sense of the world going back to ‘normal’, the emergence of a new Covid-19 variant has begun to threaten global health and economies once again. Dubbed the Omicron variant, the new mutation of the virus was first detected in South Africa and is said to have an “unprecedented number of spike mutations”. … Read more

Omicron variant: Is omicron worse than normal COVID?

Omicron variant: Is omicron worse than normal COVID?

Is the new coronavirus variant omicron worse than other COVID-19 variants? Experts remain unsure about what to expect. What is the omicron variant? Over the weekend, researchers announced the discovery of a new coronavirus variant with the scientific name B.1.1.529. The World Health Organization warned of a new COVID-19 variant of concern, naming it after … Read more

Covid: All UK adults to be offered booster jab – BBC News

Covid: All UK adults to be offered booster jab - BBC News

Covid: All UK adults to be offered booster jab  BBC NewsUK’s minimum gap for Covid booster jabs to be halved to three months  The GuardianJCVI advice on COVID-19 booster vaccines for those aged 18 to 39 and a second dose for ages 12 to 15  GOV.UKCovid booster rollout could be rapidly expanded to tackle Omicron  The GuardianThe definition of … Read more

Covid: two schools tested as health officials battle to contain Omicron variant | Coronavirus

At schools, a church and a branch of KFC, public health officials have been scrambling to track people infected by Omicron, in a stiff new test of the UK’s widely criticised £37bn test-and-trace programme.On Monday, new cases of the Covid “variant of concern” emerged in two London locations, bringing the running UK total to 11, … Read more

Moderna CEO says it will take months to clear a new Covid vaccine targeting omicron

Moderna CEO says it will take months to clear a new Covid vaccine targeting omicron

Doctor Immanuel Hardtmann holds a syringe with the vaccine Moderna in a temporary vaccination center inside the Excursion boat Alexander von Humboldt on the first day of the #HierWirdGeimpft (Get Vaccinated Here) Covid-19 vaccination campaign on September 13, 2021 in Berlin, Germany.Carsten Koall | Getty Images News | Getty ImagesModerna CEO Stephane Bancel on Monday … Read more

High COVID case count, Omicron prompt S.Korea not to relax curbs

High COVID case count, Omicron prompt S.Korea not to relax curbs

SEOUL, Nov 29 (Reuters) – South Korea said on Monday it has shelved plans to further relax COVID-19 restrictions due to the strain on its healthcare system from rising hospitalisation and death rates, as well as the threat posed by the new Omicron variant.President Moon Jae-in said the crisis had deepened and called for a … Read more

Tell us: how have you been affected by the Covid Omicron variant? | Coronavirus

The Scottish government has announced that six cases of Covid Omicron have been identified in Scotland, and in England, masks are set to become mandatory on public transport and in shops. In an attempt to reduce transmission, the government is looking to accelarate the booster rollout to under-40s.The World Health Organization has said the new … Read more

Omicron Covid variant poses ‘very high’ global risk, says WHO | Coronavirus

The Omicron variant is likely to spread internationally, posing a “very high” global risk where Covid-19 surges could have “severe consequences” in some areas, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said.The UN agency, in technical advice to its 194 member states, urged them to accelerate vaccination of high-priority groups and “ensure mitigation plans are in … Read more

Covid: JCVI scientists to announce decision on booster rollout – BBC News

Covid: JCVI scientists to announce decision on booster rollout - BBC News

Covid: JCVI scientists to announce decision on booster rollout  BBC NewsG7 ministers meet as new Covid strain spreads around the globe  Daily TimesOmicron variant: G7 to hold emergency Covid meeting as Japan closes its borders  The GuardianNew UK Covid measures to be announced to tackle Omicron spread  The GuardianCovid: Third case of Omicron variant detected in the UK  BBC NewsView … Read more

Nursing unions around world call for UN action on Covid vaccine patents | Coronavirus

Nursing unions in 28 countries have filed a formal appeal with the United Nations over the refusal of the UK, EU and others to temporarily waive patents for Covid vaccines, saying this has cost huge numbers of lives in developing nations.The letter, sent on Monday on behalf of unions representing more than 2.5 million healthcare … Read more

Omicron Covid variant could cause China to double down on zero-Covid

China's zero-Covid approach, healthcare system, reopening plans

Volunteers in protective suits handle garbage outside an apartment building at College of Arts and Information Engineering of Dalian Polytechnic University in university town of Zhuanghe on November 15, 2021 in Dalian, Liaoning Province of China. More than 60 students in university town of Zhuanghe city have been diagnosed as COVID-19 cases, as of Sunday … Read more

Investors continue to watch omicron Covid variant

Investors continue to watch omicron Covid variant

SINGAPORE — Shares in Asia-Pacific fell in Monday morning trade as investors monitor developments surrounding the recently discovered omicron Covid variant.In Japan, the Nikkei 225 declined 1.17% in early trade while the Topix index shed 1.35%. South Korea’s Kospi dropped 1.37%.Shares in Australia slipped in morning trade as the S&P/ASX 200 fell 0.69%.MSCI’s broadest index … Read more

Stock futures move higher after Friday’s big sell-off, investors monitor omicron Covid variant

Stock futures move higher after Friday's big sell-off, investors monitor omicron Covid variant

A trader on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021.Michael Nagle | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesStock futures moved higher in overnight trading Sunday following Friday’s big sell-off as investors monitor the latest developments related to the Covid omicron variant.Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained about 215 … Read more

Covid tracers in Omicron case seek contacts from more than week ago | Coronavirus

Officials investigating one of the first cases in the UK of the Omicron coronavirus variant are searching for potential contacts as far back as nine days ago, raising questions over how long the new variant has been in the country.Essex county council said targeted testing was focused on customers, staff and delivery drivers at a … Read more

Travel firms scramble to rearrange holidays amid new Covid measures | Coronavirus

Tour operators are scrambling to rearrange Swiss skiing holidays after the country joined Spain in tightening travel restrictions amid rising concerns about the spread of the new Omicron Covid variant.From Saturday night, Switzerland mandated 10 days of quarantine for all new arrivals, in effect wrecking skiing holidays in the Swiss Alps until further notice. Travel … Read more

China study warns of ‘colossal’ Covid outbreak

China could face more than 630,000 infections a day if it dropped its zero-tolerance policies, say mathematicians BEIJING: China could face more than 630,000 Covid-19 infections a day if it dropped its zero-tolerance policies by lifting travel curbs, according to a study by Peking University mathematicians. In the report published in China CDC Weekly by … Read more

With Covid studies, the quality of the evidence matters | David Spiegelhalter and Anthony Masters

In The Adventure of the Copper Beeches, Sherlock Holmes says: “Data! Data! Data! I can’t make bricks without clay.” Recent claims of massive benefits from wearing masks and using ivermectin against Covid-19 depended on mainly low-quality clay.Meta-analysis is a technique for pooling the results from many studies, but it cannot make silk purses out of … Read more

Covid: Face masks to be compulsory in England from Tuesday, says Javid

Covid: Face masks to be compulsory in England from Tuesday, says Javid

One change has already been implemented. Ten countries – South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Angola, Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia – are now on the UK’s travel red list. That was applied from 04:00 GMT, meaning that until further notice any British or Irish residents arriving in the UK after recently visiting any of … Read more

Covid update: Australia confirms first Omicron cases | Australia news

Two international travellers in NSW quarantine have tested positive to the new Omicron Covid variant, becoming the first cases in Australia.The results came following urgent genomic testing undertaken by NSW Health on Sunday, after the two travellers arrived in Sydney on Saturday night.The two cases, who had travelled from southern Africa and landed in Australia … Read more

Trump stoked Covid in red states – but there are blue anti-vaxxers too | Robert Reich

Is there a relationship between Covid and politics? Sure seems so.By the end of October, 25 out of every 100,000 residents of counties Donald Trump won by wide margins had died from Covid. That was more than three times higher than the Covid death rate in heavily Biden counties, of 7.8 per 100,000.Counties where Trump … Read more

Tanishaa Mukerji tests COVID positive, says she’s currently isolating

Tanishaa Mukerji tests COVID positive, says she’s currently isolating

Tanishaa Mukerji tests COVID positive, says she’s currently isolating Bollywood actress Tanishaa Mukerji, who has a massive fan following on various social networking platforms, took to her Instagram handle to share that she has tested positive for COVID-19. In her Instagram Story, shared on Saturday, the Neal n Nikki actress also informed her fans and followers … Read more

China study warns of ‘colossal’ COVID outbreak if it opens up like U.S., France

China study warns of 'colossal' COVID outbreak if it opens up like U.S., France

A security guard blocks an exit as he directs people to scan a QR code to track their health status at Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station, following new cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Shanghai, China, November 25, 2021. Picture taken November 25, 2021. REUTERS/Aly SongRegister now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.comRegisterBEIJING, Nov 28 … Read more

All four private Covid labs at Peshawar airport unregistered – Newspaper

All four private Covid labs at Peshawar airport unregistered - Newspaper

PESHAWAR: A health department committee of experts has revealed that all the four private Covid-19 testing labs working at Peshawar’s Bacha Khan International Airport are not registered with the provincial government, have untrained staff members and are largely not complying with infection prevention guidelines. The department will formally share the panel’s report with NCOC, the … Read more

Response to Covid – Newspaper

Response to Covid - Newspaper

COVID-19 has exposed the fragility of existing pandemic preparedness arrangements governed largely, until now, via international health regulations (IHR) and the World Health Organisation (WHO). Various panels and working groups have mulled over the deficiencies in response and suggested ways to redress gaps for future pandemics. A special session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) … Read more

Barbarians deny ‘shambles’ of Covid call-off was their fault or RFU’s | Barbarians

The Barbarians have claimed a decision by Public Health England led to their fixture against Samoa at Twickenham being called off 90 minutes before kick-off despite their having enough players who had returned negative tests.A statement released by the Rugby Football Union revealed that four players and two members of staff from the invitational side … Read more

Boris Johnson ‘ignored’ my plan to tackle deadly Covid variants – senior official | Coronavirus

Boris Johnson has been accused of ignoring a senior official’s plan to prepare Britain for the emergence of vaccine-resistant Covid variants, the Observer can reveal.With the government announcing on Saturday that the first UK cases of the Omicron variant had been detected, the former head of the government’s vaccine taskforce said he could see no … Read more

New York governor warns of Covid rise as US braces for Omicron arrival | New York

New York, one of the states hit hardest and earliest by Covid-19, is taking steps to limit a new winter wave of infections as transmission rates approach those of April 2020 and the US braces for the Omicron variant, discovered in southern Africa.Late on Friday, Governor Kathy Hochul said: “While the new Omicron variant has … Read more

Pakistan bans travel from 7 countries amid concern over new Covid variant – Pakistan

Pakistan bans travel from 7 countries amid concern over new Covid variant - Pakistan

Pakistan placed a complete ban on Saturday on travel from seven countries in the wake of the discovery of a new variant of the coronavirus, Omicron, first detected in South Africa, according to the notification issued by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC). The notification said travel had been restricted from six southern African … Read more

COVID in Europe: Netherlands closes all non-essential businesses at 5pm

COVID in Europe: Netherlands closes all non-essential businesses at 5pm

COVID-19 cases are on the rise again in various parts of Europe as the cold weather has affected the spread of the virus.Countries on the Old Continent are attempting to curb the spike through various means – from a national lockdown in Austria, to limiting access to certain services elsewhere or pushing for an increase … Read more

Suspected Omicron Covid cases found in Germany and Czech Republic | Coronavirus

The first suspected cases of the Omicron Covid variant in Germany and the Czech Republic are being investigated, as Dutch authorities scramble to see if 61 passengers from South Africa who tested positive for Covid-19 have the new variant.Omicron, first identified in South Africa and known officially as B.1.1.529, has already been detected in travellers … Read more

Western Australia tightens border with South Australia after new COVID cases amid Omicron fears

Western Australia tightens border with South Australia after new COVID cases amid Omicron fears

Western Australia will force all arrivals from South Australia to isolate for 14 days under tightened border rules.Key points:WA Premier Mark McGowan says his state must act with an “abundance of caution” due to fears about the Omicron variantThe “low-risk” designation means arrivals from South Australia must be tested and self-isolateExisting approvals for people due to … Read more

Thailand bans entry from 8 African countries over COVID Omicron variant

Thailand bans entry from 8 African countries over COVID Omicron variant

Foreign tourists arrive at Suvarnabhumi Airport during the first day of the country’s reopening campaign, part of the government’s plan to jump start the pandemic-hit tourism sector in Bangkok, Thailand November 1, 2021. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha/File PhotoBANGKOK, Nov 27 (Reuters) – Thailand said on Saturday it would ban the entry of people travelling from eight African … Read more

Threat of new Covid variant Omnicron causes worldwide scramble – World

Threat of new Covid variant Omnicron causes worldwide scramble - World

Nearly two years into the Covid-19 pandemic, the world is racing to contain a new coronavirus variant potentially more dangerous than the one that has fuelled relentless waves of infection on nearly every continent. A World Health Organisation (WHO) panel named the variant “Omicron” and classified it as a highly transmissible virus of concern, the … Read more

Is Long Covid a new type of chronic fatigue syndrome?

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Health organisations across the world are rushing to prepare for a wave of debilitating post-Covid-19 illness that we know little about. Photo: Vinay Ranchhod Research in New Zealand into the post-viral condition known as Long Covid is now being carried out. It is building on key insights from studies of another disease – Myalgic encephalomyelitis/Chronic … Read more

Covid: New variant classed 'of concern' and named Omicron – BBC News

Covid: New variant classed 'of concern' and named Omicron - BBC News

Covid: New variant classed ‘of concern’ and named Omicron  BBC NewsWHO designates new Covid strain as ‘variant of concern’  The News InternationalExplainer: All we know about the new Covid-19 variant in South Africa  DAWN.comWHO designates new COVID strain Omicron as ‘variant of concern’  Aljazeera.comOmicron, a new Covid-19 variant with high number of mutations, sparks travel bans and worries scientists  CNNView … Read more