Omicron variant of COVID-19 detected in the ACT, case has not travelled overseas

Omicron variant of COVID-19 detected in the ACT, case has not travelled overseas

ACT Health has confirmed an Omicron COVID-19 infection in the territory, in an individual who has not travelled overseas.Key points:Genomic sequencing has confirmed one case of the Omicron COVID-19 variant in CanberraOmicron has been declared a ‘variant of concern’ by the World Health OrganisationIt is not yet known how contagious the Omicron variant is compared to … 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

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

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

NT records one new COVID-19 case as virus detected in outer-Palmerston wastewater

NT records one new COVID-19 case as virus detected in outer-Palmerston wastewater

The Northern Territory has recorded one new case of coronavirus, according to the Chief Minister.Key points:The case was not infectious in the community, Mr Gunner saidIt brings the total number of cases in the outbreak to 26Testing of wastewater in outer Palmerston has returned a weak positive resultThe new case is a 31-year-old fully vaccinated woman … Read more

Queensland on track to hit 80pc vaccination as no new COVID-19 community cases detected

Queensland on track to hit 80pc vaccination as no new COVID-19 community cases detected

Queensland has recorded no new community cases of COVID-19.The state has detected three new cases in hotel quarantine – two travellers from overseas and one from interstate.There is currently a small cluster in the Queensland border town of Goondiwindi, with 5,826 tests done in the past 24 hours. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the state looked set to hit … Read more

Covid-19: No new cases in Christchurch, but Covid detected in wastewater samples

Covid-19: No new cases in Christchurch, but Covid detected in wastewater samples

CHRIS SKELTON/StuffQueues at a Covid-19 testing station in Orchard Rd, near Christchurch Airport, stretched about 1 kilometre on Thursday morning after news of two new cases in the city. (File photo).While no new cases were reported in Christchurch on Monday, Covid-19 has been detected in two wastewater samples collected in the Garden City. The Ministry … Read more

China locks down city of 4 million after six Covid cases detected | China

China placed a city of 4 million under lockdown on Tuesday in an attempt to stamp out a domestic coronavirus outbreak, with residents told not to leave home except in emergencies.Beijing imposed strict border controls in the weeks after Covid-19 was first detected in China in late 2019, slowing the number of cases to a … Read more

Queensland records zero locally acquired cases of COVID-19, two detected in hotel quarantine

Queensland records zero locally acquired cases of COVID-19, two detected in hotel quarantine

Queensland has recorded zero new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 as authorities look into contact tracing efforts after an infected traveller transited through Brisbane Airport on their way to the Northern Territory.Key points:The traveller spent four hours in transit at Brisbane Airport while infectiousPremier Annastacia Palaszczuk is confident Queensland has ticked over to 60 per cent with a … Read more