Covid-19: Everyone at Bay of Plenty school a close contact, must self-isolate

Covid-19: Everyone at Bay of Plenty school a close contact, must self-isolate

SunLiveTe Ākau Ki Pāpāmoa School in Papamoa, Bay of Plenty, is closed after more students tested positive for Covid-19.All the people who work or learn at Te Ākau ki Pāpāmoa School are considered close contacts of Covid cases, after more students tested positive. All students and staff, including teachers and support staff, at the Pāpāmoa … Read more

Victoria records 1,179 COVID-19 cases and six deaths

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Victoria has recorded 1,179 new COVID-19 infections and six deaths, taking the death toll in the current Delta outbreak to 518.The new cases were detected from 74,252 test results processed on Tuesday, and take the state’s number of active infections to 11,959.There are 299 COVID-19 patients in Victorian hospitals, with 43 active cases in intensive care and 18 patients on ventilators.The state’s … Read more

Why Social Security retirement claims have not surged amid Covid-19

Why Social Security retirement claims have not surged amid Covid-19

A Social Security Administration office in San Francisco.Getty ImagesOne of the most immediate effects at the onset of the Covid-19 outbreak early last year was an upheaval in the workforce.Now, almost two years later, data suggests only one cohort of older workers accelerated their retirement plans — those ages 70 and up.Consequently, there has likely … Read more

France records highest one-day tally in COVID-19 cases since April

France records highest one-day tally in COVID-19 cases since April

A COVID-19 patient connected to a ventilator tube in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Centre Cardiologique du Nord private hospital in Saint-Denis, near Paris, amid the coronavirus disease pandemic in France, May 4, 2021. REUTERS/Benoit TessierRegister now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.comRegisterPARIS, Nov 30 (Reuters) – France has registered 47,177 new confirmed … Read more

Delta vs. Omicron: More mutations don’t necessarily make a meaner Covid-19 virus

Delta vs. Omicron: More mutations don't necessarily make a meaner Covid-19 virus

But doctors want to remind Americans that they’re already facing a pretty formidable coronavirus variant, and that’s Delta.Delta managed to take over the entire United States in a matter of weeks in early summer, changing the outlook for a country that was rolling out vaccines and hope with equal speed.”In late June, the seven-day moving … Read more

What you need to know about COVID-19 in Ottawa on Tuesday, Nov. 30

What you need to know about COVID-19 in Ottawa on Tuesday, Nov. 30

Recent developments: What’s the latest? The scientists watching Ottawa’s wastewater for COVID-19 say the new omicron coronavirus variant hasn’t escaped their testing and they’re starting to collect data about how prevalent it may be in the community. Ottawa Public Health (OPH) confirmed two more positive cases of the omicron variant of the coronavirus on Monday, bringing the … Read more

No case of Omicron Covid-19 variant detected in Pakistan so far: SAPM Dr Sultan – Pakistan

No case of Omicron Covid-19 variant detected in Pakistan so far: SAPM Dr Sultan - Pakistan

Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Dr Faisal Sultan has said that no case of Omicron Covid-19 variant has been detected in Pakistan so far, it was reported on Tuesday. Talking to a private news channel, Sultan said: “We cannot control the Omicron variant from coming to Pakistan, but we can control its impact … Read more

Moderna CEO warns COVID-19 shots less effective against Omicron, spooks markets

Moderna CEO warns COVID-19 shots less effective against Omicron, spooks markets

Moderna CEO comments on Omicron jolt marketsHong Kong bans non-resident arrivals from more countriesSingapore: 2 travellers to Sydney with Omicron transited ChangiBiden says variant is ’cause for concern, not a cause for panic’HONG KONG/SYDNEY, Nov 30 (Reuters) – Drugmaker Moderna’s CEO (MRNA.O) set off fresh alarm bells in financial markets on Tuesday after he warned … Read more

Covid-19: Tarras Cafe to close because owners and most staff aren’t vaccinated

Covid-19: Tarras Cafe to close because owners and most staff aren't vaccinated

A Central Otago cafe once voted the most popular in the region will close its doors because the owners and most of the staff are not vaccinated against Covid-19. Tarras Country Cafe owners Emily and Peter Todd said they had chosen to close the doors on Thursday before the Government’s traffic light system came into … Read more

Covid-19: Queues form at testing sites in Nelson after positive case

Covid-19: Queues form at testing sites in Nelson after positive case

Queues have formed at testing sites in Nelson after a person in the community tested positive for Covid-19. The positive case was announced on Monday afternoon, followed a few hours later by locations of interest from November 19 onwards. Nelson Marlborough Medical Officer of Health Dr Stephen Bridgman​ said on Monday that the case, household … Read more

China’s Xi pledges another 1 bln COVID-19 vaccine doses for Africa

China's Xi pledges another 1 bln COVID-19 vaccine doses for Africa

DAKAR/BEIJING, Nov 29 (Reuters) – China will deliver another 1 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Africa and encourage Chinese companies to invest no less than $10 billion in the continent over the next three years, President Xi Jinping said on Monday.The country has already supplied nearly 200 doses to Africa, where vaccination rates have … Read more

S.Africa’s COVID-19 cases could triple this week, expert says

S.Africa's COVID-19 cases could triple this week, expert says

New COVID-19 variant detected in southern AfricaExperts say likely it’s more contagiousPrompts global alarm, travel restrictionsS.Africa braces for more cases, pressure on hospitalsVaccines likely to still offer good protectionJOHANNESBURG, Nov 29 (Reuters) – South Africa’s daily COVID-19 infection rate could triple to more than 10,000 by the end of this week as the new Omicron … Read more

Keira Knightley, family in quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19

Keira Knightley, family in quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19

‘I’ve got COVID and I’m feeling pretty rubbish,’ the Oscar winner said Keira Knightley and her family is in quarantine after contracting COVID-19, the acress revealed recently.Speaking during an interview with The Telegraph’s Stella magazine, the two-time Academy winner said,  “I’ve got COVID and I’m feeling pretty rubbish.” She went on to say that her daughters … Read more

First suspected case of Omicron variant of COVID-19 detected in Switzerland

First suspected case of Omicron variant of COVID-19 detected in Switzerland

A fence is seen in front of the Swiss Federal Palace, Bundeshaus, in Bern, Switzerland, November 28, 2021. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann/file photoRegister now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.comRegisterZURICH, Nov 29 (Reuters) – The first probable case of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 has been detected in Switzerland, the government said late on Sunday, as the … Read more

Omicron variant: Will the COVID-19 Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca vaccines protect you?

New data reveals how much protection COVID-19 jabs are giving people in NSW

The Omicron variant has been generating anxiety across the world since being declared a COVID-19 variant of concern by the World Health Organization (WHO) over the weekend.While scientists do not know a lot about this strain yet — and it may be less severe than Delta — it is believed to be more transmissible than previous variants.It … Read more

Covid-19: 182 new cases in Delta outbreak, new case in Nelson-Marlborough

Covid-19: 182 new cases in Delta outbreak, new case in Nelson-Marlborough

There are 182 new cases of Covid-19 in the Delta community outbreak, as the Government is set to outline how the move into the traffic light system will work. The Ministry of Health gave the update in a statement on Monday afternoon, ahead of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern holding a post-Cabinet press conference at 4pm. … Read more

COVID-19 vaccine booster time frame to be reviewed after Omicron variant detected in Australia

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Health Minister Greg Hunt has asked the government’s expert immunisation panel to review the time frame for COVID-19 booster shots, after the detection of the Omicron “variant of concern” in Australia.Key points:The government’s expert immunisation panel will review its advice on the timing for booster shotsThe Health Minister says the country has enough vaccine stocks to … Read more

Loopholes In U.S. CDC Covid-19 Vaccine Requirement For Air Travelers

Loopholes In U.S. CDC Covid-19 Vaccine Requirement For Air Travelers

A Proclamation by U.S. President Joe Biden, indicated a plan to “move away from the … [+] country-by-country restrictions previously applied during the Covid-19 pandemic and to adopt an air travel policy that relies primarily on vaccination to advance the safe resumption of international air travel to the United States.” Here a woman is being … Read more

US Covid-19: Omicron variant is a reminder that coronavirus ‘is still in control,’ medical professor says

US Covid-19: Omicron variant is a reminder that coronavirus 'is still in control,' medical professor says

“But it’s fairly likely we’ll see cases,” said Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health.”It ought to redouble our efforts to use the tools that we have, which are vaccinations and boosters — and to be sure we’re getting those to the rest of the world, too,” Collins told CNN on Sunday. … Read more

NIH director: New Covid-19 variant ‘ought to redouble’ vaccination and mitigation efforts

NIH director: New Covid-19 variant 'ought to redouble' vaccination and mitigation efforts

“It’s certainly not good news. We don’t know yet how much of an impact this will have. It ought to redouble our efforts to use the tools that we have, which are vaccinations and boosters, and to be sure we’re getting those to the rest of the world, too, which the US is doing more … Read more

UAE study shows how our genes can affect Covid-19 risk

UAE study shows how our genes can affect Covid-19 risk

Researchers in the UAE have uncovered new details about how a person’s genetic make-up influences their susceptibility to Covid-19.By analysing hundreds of people, the scientists identified various parts of people’s chromosomes that appear to affect the severity of disease.Their work adds to a growing body of evidence from other laboratories around the world and could … Read more

No new COVID-19 cases in SA as tightened rules for interstate travellers begins

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South Australia has recorded no new cases today as it tightened its border rules again, less than a week after opening up to vaccinated travellers.Key points:SA recorded no new cases todayNew requirements have been introduced for interstate travellersSouth Australians travelling to WA must self-isolate for 14 daysNew rules for interstate arrivals were due to take effect … Read more

Covid-19: 144 new community cases, one death announced in Delta outbreak

Covid-19: 144 new community cases, one death announced in Delta outbreak

There are 144 new cases of Covid-19 in the Delta community outbreak and a person in their 80s has died in Aucland’s North Shore Hospital. The announcement comes as health officials contend with news of the new, highly transmissible Omicron variant. The variant has not yet been detected in New Zealand, but Australia is on … Read more

Covid-19: Hawke’s Bay positive case picked up in routine testing at hospital ED

Covid-19: Hawke's Bay positive case picked up in routine testing at hospital ED

SUPPLIED/GOOGLE/StuffHawke’s Bay Hospital emergency department, where the Covid case was detected.A positive Covid-19 community case has been discovered in Hawke’s Bay, the Ministry of Health has announced. The person tested positive for Covid-19 as part of routine surveillance swabbing when they visited Hawke’s Bay Hospital’s Emergency Department after feeling unwell, the ministry said in a … Read more

Victoria records 1,061 new local COVID-19 cases and four deaths

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Victoria has recorded 1,061 new local COVID-19 cases and four deaths as tighter border rules have come into force to respond to the new Omicron variant. There are now 11,331 active cases of the virus in Victoria, and 503 people have died during the state’s current Delta outbreak.There are 283 people in hospital with COVID-19, of whom 44 are in intensive care and … Read more

No, Ivermectin Did Not Help Japan Bring Down Covid-19 Coronavirus Delta Surge

No, Ivermectin Did Not Help Japan Bring Down Covid-19 Coronavirus Delta Surge

Japan experienced a surge in the Covid-19 coronavirus in July and August but in subsequent months … [+] cases have come down precipitously. (Photo by Yuichi Yamazaki/Getty Images) Getty Images Here’s some of the latest “say-whatever-you-want-without-real-evidence” news. There have been claims online that ivermectin somehow helped Japan conquer the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. For example, Pierre … Read more

UK confirms first two cases of Omicron COVID-19 variant: Live | Coronavirus pandemic News

UK confirms first two cases of Omicron COVID-19 variant: Live | Coronavirus pandemic News

The UK has confirmed its first two cases of the new Omicron strain of COVID-19, both linked to travel from southern Africa. The variant has prompted several countries to impose restrictions such as travel bans on several southern African countries, while others have imposed fresh lockdowns over the new strain. The new restrictions come after … Read more

South Australia opened its borders to COVID-19. So, what have we learned?

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South Australia this week went where no other state — possibly no other jurisdiction — has gone before.Key points:SA opened its borders to NSW, ACT and Victoria last TuesdayAs of Saturday, 10 positive cases had been recorded in interstate travellersClose contacts of positive cases still need to quarantineAfter enjoying months without a single case of … Read more

SA records three new cases of COVID-19, CHO Nicola Spurrier concerned about exposure sites in south-east

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South Australia records three new cases of COVID-19, as authorities say they are concerned about exposure sites in the state’s south-east.Key points:Authorities are trying to contact anyone who attended an event at a pub in Willalooka last SaturdayA number of exposure sites have been identified in the state’s South EastTesting requirements have changed for interstate arrivalsThe new cases … Read more

Officials asked to expedite Covid-19 vaccination

Covid-19 claims eight more lives, infects 555 others

PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakht-unkhwa Chief Secretary Dr Shehzad Bangash on Friday directed the officials of Health and other departments to expedite the coronavirus vaccination drive. An official handout said the chief secretary instructed the officials at a meeting in the Civil Secretariat about the ongoing Covid-19 vaccination campaign.Muhammad Tahir Orakzai, Secretary Health, Fahad Mohmand, Focal Person … Read more

Novavax developing vaccine that targets new COVID-19 variant

Philippines approves emergency use of Novavax COVID-19 vaccine

A woman holds a small bottle labeled with a “Coronavirus COVID-19 Vaccine” sticker and a medical syringe in front of displayed Novavax logo in this illustration taken, October 30, 2020. REUTERS/Dado RuvicRegister now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.comRegisterNov 26 (Reuters) – Novavax Inc (NVAX.O) said on Friday it had started working on a version … Read more

Wall St Week Ahead COVID-19 fears reappear as a threat to market

Wall St Week Ahead COVID-19 fears reappear as a threat to market

The floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) is seen after the close of trading in New York, U.S., March 18, 2020. REUTERS/Lucas JacksonRegister now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.comRegisterNEW YORK, Nov 26 (Reuters) – COVID-19 has resurfaced as a worry for investors and a potential driver of big market moves after a new variant triggered alarm, long after the … Read more

Ontario sees 927 new COVID-19 cases as Ford calls for travel ban in response to new variant

Ontario sees 927 new COVID-19 cases as Ford calls for travel ban in response to new variant

Ontario reported 927 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday — the most on a single day in the province in nearly 10 weeks — while Premier Doug Ford called on the federal government to ban flights from countries where a new variant of concern has been found. In a statement, Ford said he was briefed this morning by Dr. … Read more

Merck’s COVID-19 pill shows significantly lower efficacy in updated data

Merck's COVID-19 pill shows significantly lower efficacy in updated data

An experimental COVID-19 treatment pill, called molnupiravir and being developed by Merck & Co Inc and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics LP, is seen in this undated handout photo released by Merck & Co Inc and obtained by Reuters on October 26, 2021. Merck & Co Inc/Handout via REUTERS Register now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.comRegisterNov 26 … Read more

South African markets sink on new COVID-19 variant

South African markets sink on new COVID-19 variant

A street money changer counts South African Rands in Harare, Zimbabwe, May 5, 2016. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo Register now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.comRegisterRand falls to weakest since October 2020Hotel stocks lead equity slideTen-year government bond yield tops 10%JOHANNESBURG, Nov 26 (Reuters) – The South African rand sank to its lowest since October 2020, government … Read more

Bryan Adams contracts COVID-19 again after traveling to Italy

Bryan Adams contracts COVID-19 again after traveling to Italy

Adams wrote in a post dated October 31 that he had had COVIDMILAN: Canadian singer Bryan Adams said on Thursday he had tested positive for COVID-19 after flying into Italy and was going to hospital.Adams, who is also a photographer, came to Milan to promote Pirelli’s 2022 calendar, which he had shot. “Here I am, … Read more

Explained: What we know about new Covid-19 variant B.1.1.529 that’s rocking markets

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A new variant of the coronavirus that causes Covid-19 — called B.1.1.529 — has been identified in South Africa, with officials there saying it’s of concern. Fears a new strain could fuel outbreaks in many countries, straining health systems, potentially evading vaccines and complicating efforts to reopen economies and borders, sent a wave of risk … Read more

South Australia records two new cases of COVID-19, state reaches 80 per cent double vaccination

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South Australia has recorded another two new cases of COVID-19 — a man and a woman in their 20s who both acquired their infection interstate.Key points:The Premier says South Australia has reached 80 per cent double vaccination for people aged 16 and overThe state has also recorded two new cases of COVID-19Both were acquired interstateSeven people … Read more

Stocks slip, havens rally as new COVID-19 variant spooks investors

Stocks slip, havens rally as new COVID-19 variant spooks investors

Passersby wearing protective masks are reflected on an electronic board displaying stock prices outside a brokerage amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Tokyo, Japan, September 29, 2021. REUTERS/Issei KatoRegister now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.comRegisterSYDNEY, Nov 26 (Reuters) – Asian stocks suffered their sharpest drop in two months on Friday after the detection … Read more

Queensland records no new COVID-19 cases, recent outbreaks ‘closed’ as Minister apologises for border rules confusion

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The threat from Queensland’s latest COVID scares has been declared over by authorities with the good news coming as the Health Minister apologised for confusion over border rules.The state has recorded no new community cases and there are just five active cases in the state.Acting Chief Health Officer Peter Aitken said it had been a “week of good … Read more

‘Urgent issues’: Report reveals how weaknesses in Covid-19 response were exposed by Delta variant

'Urgent issues': Report reveals how weaknesses in Covid-19 response were exposed by Delta variant

A raft of “urgent issues” and shortcomings in the Covid-19 response have been exposed by the Delta outbreak, according to a Government report which warns the country is not prepared to re-open. The Government-appointed independent review group – headed by public sector fix-it man Sir Brian Roche – provided Covid-19 Minister Chris Hipkins with a … Read more

Victoria records 1,362 new COVID-19 cases and seven deaths

Victoria records 1,362 new COVID-19 cases and seven deaths

Victoria has recorded 1,362 new local COVID-19 cases and seven deaths as the state enjoys a rolling back of border restrictions.There are now 10,887 active cases of the virus in Victoria, and 494 people have died during the state’s current Delta outbreak.There are 308 people in hospital with COVID-19, of whom 46 are in intensive care and 26 are on a ventilator.The health department … Read more

Bulgaria extends COVID-19 emergency as low vaccinations take toll

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Anadolu 1:08 AM | November 26, 2021 Battling a deadly fourth virus wave and rampant vaccine skepticism, Bulgaria on Thursday extended its COVID-19 state of emergency until March 31 next year. Coronavirus infections and fatalities have soared in recent months in the Balkan country of some 7 million, which remains the least vaccinated in the … Read more

Expanded eligibility boosts U.S. COVID-19 booster shots ahead of holidays

Expanded eligibility boosts U.S. COVID-19 booster shots ahead of holidays

Vials labelled “Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine” are seen in this illustration picture taken May 2, 2021. REUTERS/Dado RuvicRegister now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.comRegisterNov 25 (Reuters) – Millions of Americans got COVID-19 booster shots at a near record pace after the Biden administration expanded eligibility last week, but health … Read more

S.Africa detects new COVID-19 variant, implications not yet clear

S.Africa detects new COVID-19 variant, implications not yet clear

JOHANNESBURG, Nov 25 (Reuters) – South African scientists have detected a new COVID-19 variant in small numbers and are working to understand its potential implications, they said on Thursday.The variant – called B.1.1.529 – has a “very unusual constellation” of mutations, which are concerning because they could help it evade the body’s immune response and … Read more

Epilepsy and COVID-19: Risks, vaccination, and safety

Epilepsy and COVID-19: Risks, vaccination, and safety

COVID-19 is a disease that can cause a vast range of symptoms. Although most people with a SARS-CoV-2 infection will not experience any symptoms associated with the brain or nervous system, COVID-19 can cause seizures in rare cases.Many people may experience mild-to-moderate COVID-19 symptoms for up to 2 weeks. The symptoms can vary from person … Read more

S Africa detects new Covid-19 variant, implications ‘not clear’

Scientists say ‘B.1.1.529’ variant has a ‘very unusual constellation’ of mutations JOHANNESBURG: South African scientists have detected a new Covid-19 variant in small numbers and are working to understand its potential implications, they said on Thursday. The variant – called B.1.1.529 – has a “very unusual constellation” of mutations, which are concerning because they could help … Read more