Colleges Begin Requiring Covid-19 Boosters As Omicron Lurks

Colleges Begin Requiring Covid-19 Boosters As Omicron Lurks

With the incidence of Covid-19 increasing again and a surge of the Omicron variant lurking, colleges … [+] have begun to require booster shots for students and employees. getty As the fall semester draws to a close, a number of colleges and universities are beginning to issue mandates that students, faculty and staff receive vaccine … Read more

Omicron COVID-19 Cases Today in India, Active Case Numbers of COVID-19 Today

COVID-19 Cases, COVID-19 Cases Today in India

The epicentre of the Omicron surge has shifted to Europe in the last two days, with Denmark and the United Kingdom reporting the maximum number of cases of this new coronavirus variant. Denmark, in fact, now accounts for the highest number of confirmed Omicron cases. A new report by Denmark’s Statens Serum Institut, released on … Read more

Australia live news updates: Omicron Covid cases climb; Victoria records 13 deaths and NSW three; Sydney pub and club at centre of scare | Australia news

7.20pm EST 19:20 Frydenberg is talking about government advice they’ve got on Omicron. “The medical advice is still coming in, in terms of the Omicron variant but we have heard from the medical professionals and the Chief medical officer that it looks encouraging and that some of the early signs are more positive than initially … Read more

COVID-19: Omicron cases rise sharply by 448 and all coronavirus infections top 58,000 in latest UK daily figures | UK News

London, UK - June 17th 2020: Wear a Face Covering sign at Waterloo Station in London, UK. The Government have announced that face coverings are now mandatory when using public transport.

The UK has recorded 448 new Omicron cases in the latest 24-hour period – taking the total across the country to 1,265. It comes after 249 new infections of the COVID-19 variant were reported on Thursday. The latest figures released by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) show 443 cases have been recorded in England, … Read more

The UK braces for 1 million omicron cases as Covid variant spreads

The UK braces for 1 million omicron cases as Covid variant spreads

A fan wearing a face mask looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Fulham at City Ground on October 24, 2021 in Nottingham, England.Naomi Baker | Getty Images Sport | Getty ImagesLONDON — The increase in omicron Covid cases in the U.K. is on such steep trajectory that the country … Read more

Australia news live update: eight new Omicron infections in NSW as Covid cases rise; Qld and NT pass 80% vaccine milestone | Australia news

9.28pm EST 21:28 Gunner has also added that people arriving into the Northern Territory will need to get three tests to get into the territory. Travellers will need one test before arrival, and two after you arrive. Gunner explained the process for domestic arrivals, who will be able to enter the territory next week: They … Read more

NSW records eight new Omicron COVID-19 cases, bringing state total to 42

NSW records eight new Omicron COVID-19 cases, bringing state total to 42

Premier Dominic Perrottet has said an increasing number of cases of the Omicron COVID-19 variant in NSW would not impact the easing of restrictions next week.Key points:The state recorded 420 COVID-19 cases and one deathThere are currently 151 people n hospitalThe Premier said he was “very confident” about the virus situation in NSWThe total number of Omicron … Read more

First case of Omicron COVID-19 variant found in Arizona | AZ Vaccine HQ

First case of Omicron COVID-19 variant found in Arizona | AZ Vaccine HQ

YAVAPAI COUNTY, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) — The Arizona Department of Health Services and Yavapai County Community Health Services confirmed the state’s first known case of the COVID-19 Omicron variant on Wednesday. The announcement comes on the same day ADHS issued a new report that looked at COVID-19 cases and death rates by vaccination status during October. During that … Read more

Johnson imposes COVID-19 ‘Plan B’ in England to contain Omicron

Johnson imposes COVID-19 'Plan B' in England to contain Omicron

Johnson says Omicron is spreading rapidlyUK has found 568 Omicron casesRules include COVID passports, work from homeLONDON, Dec 8 (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson imposed tougher COVID-19 restrictions in England on Wednesday, ordering people to work from home, wear masks in public places and use vaccine passes to slow the spread of the … Read more

Omicron no worse than other COVID-19 variants, say top scientists

Omicron no worse than other COVID-19 variants, say top scientists

People who arrived on international flights wait to be tested on the first day of a new rapid COVID-19 testing site for arriving international passengers at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on December 3, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.-AFPGENEVA: The Omicron variant appears to be no worse than other coronavirus strains, top scientists from the … Read more

Queensland records first cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19

Queensland records first cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19

Queensland has recorded its first cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19.A Nigerian man, who tested positive while in hotel quarantine in Cairns a few days ago, has been confirmed as a positive case of the new variant.The man flew into Queensland on Jetstar flight JQ950 from Sydney to Cairns on Friday, December 3, and … Read more

B.C. now has 5 cases of COVID Omicron variant in both vaccinated and unvaccinated

B.C. now has 5 cases of COVID Omicron variant in both vaccinated and unvaccinated

B.C. health officials said Tuesday there are now five cases of the COVID-19 Omicron variant in the province. Dr. Bonnie Henry said at a media briefing that, after the first initial Omicron case last week, four additional cases of the variant were discovered over the weekend.They have been mild and no one is in … Read more

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine partially protective against Omicron – Bloomberg News

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine partially protective against Omicron - Bloomberg News

Vials of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine are pictured in a vaccination centre in Geneva, Switzerland, February 3, 2021. REUTERS/Denis BalibouseDec 7 (Reuters) – The Omicron variant of the coronavirus can partially evade the protection from Pfizer Inc (PFE.N) and partner BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine, Bloomberg News reported on Tuesday, citing the research head of a laboratory at … Read more

Rising COVID hospitalizations will strain health-care system, even without omicron: Ontario science table

Rising COVID hospitalizations will strain health-care system, even without omicron: Ontario science table

Dr. Kieran Moore, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health, is scheduled to hold a 1:30 p.m. ET briefing on the COVID-19 situation in the province. You’ll be able to watch it live in the player above. Ontario could see between 250 and 400 COVID-19 patients requiring intensive care in January, putting more strain on an … Read more

Ontario COVID-19 cases, ICUs will rise even without Omicron variant: new modelling

Ontario COVID-19 cases, ICUs will rise even without Omicron variant: new modelling

Ontario’s COVID-19 science advisory table has released new projections that indicate cases are rising substantially, even without Omicron, and that vaccinating young children and increased public health measures are key to flattening the curve. “COVID-19 cases are rising in most Public Health Units due to the Delta variant. Testing has not increased, but positivity … Read more

COVID-19: Early indications Omicron is more transmissible than Delta variant, Boris Johnson says | UK News

The UK Health Security Agency says there are currently 336 confirmed Omicron cases in the country.

The early indications are that the Omicron variant of coronavirus is more transmissible than Delta, the prime minister has said.Boris Johnson made the comment as he updated his team of ministers on the latest COVID-19 situation at a cabinet meeting on Tuesday morning. But Downing Street said it is still unclear how severe the disease … Read more

COVID-19 still found a way into a fully vaccinated crowd. Will Omicron make ‘breakthrough infections’ worse?

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High school reunions have always been fraught with the possibility of awkwardness. When you hold one in a pandemic, the gathering of old friends, lovers and rivals becomes infinitely trickier.The class of 1971 from Waynesboro High School in the US state of Virginia was determined to get together, despite the threat of COVID-19. Organisers did everything they could to prevent … Read more

Omicron coronavirus variant may cause a global wave of covid-19 cases

Omicron coronavirus variant may cause a global wave of covid-19 cases

It remains unclear whether the omicron coronavirus variant causes less severe disease, but even if this is true, hospitals could still be overwhelmed by the sheer number of cases Health 6 December 2021 By Michael Le Page A health worker at a covid-19 testing site in Cape Town, South AfricaDwayne Senior/Bloomberg via Getty Images There … Read more

Malaysia finance minister on Fed taper, Covid omicron variant threat

Malaysia finance minister on Fed taper, Covid omicron variant threat

Malaysia is not “as concerned” about investors pulling out of the country in a big way when the U.S. Federal Reserve starts winding down its asset purchases, the Malaysian finance minister told CNBC on Monday.Tengku Zafrul Aziz, the finance minister, said Malaysia’s financial markets are “insulated” as the country has raised most of its debt … Read more

South Africa readies hospitals as Omicron variant drives new COVID-19 wave

South Africa readies hospitals as Omicron variant drives new COVID-19 wave

JOHANNESBURG, Dec 6 (Reuters) – South Africa is preparing its hospitals for more admissions, as the Omicron coronavirus variant pushes the country into a fourth wave of COVID-19 cases, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Monday.Omicron was first detected in southern Africa last month and has triggered global alarm as governments fear another surge in infections. … Read more

Omicron Covid variant, bitcoin volatility watched

Omicron Covid variant, bitcoin volatility watched

LONDON — European stocks are expected to open higher on Monday as investors continue to monitor developments around the omicron Covid variant and bitcoin volatility.The U.K.’s FTSE index is seen opening 56 points higher at 7,165, Germany’s DAX 136 points higher at 15,259, France’s CAC 40 up 72 points at 6,815 and Italy’s FTSE MIB 199 … Read more

Singapore reports 552 new COVID-19 infections and 13 deaths; 1 more imported case tests positive for Omicron variant

Singapore reports 552 new COVID-19 infections and 13 deaths; 1 more imported case tests positive for Omicron variant

SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 552 new COVID-19 cases and 13 deaths linked to the coronavirus as of noon on Sunday (Dec 5). The Ministry of Health (MOH) also reported one more imported COVID-19 case who has tested “preliminarily positive” for the Omicron variant. Case 273611 is a 37-year-old Singapore permanent resident who arrived in Singapore from … Read more

Delhi reports first Omicron COVID-19 case; total cases increases to 5 in India

Till now, 17 people who tested positive for Covid have been admitted to the hospital (Bloomberg)

Delhi on Sunday reported its first case of new COVID-19 variant Omicron, officials said. And with this, a total of 5 cases of the variant has been reported from the country so far.  A 37-year-old man who arrived in Delhi from Tanzania has been found to be infected with Omicron. The patient has mild symptoms … Read more

Live news: India’s Omicron cases grow; FM warns against crypto speculation

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A worker sanitises the premises of the Taj Mahal in Agra on Saturday on December 4, 2021, joining efforts by civic and govt agencies to step up safety measures for the Omicron variant. (PTI Photo) Live news: India reported its fourth case of Omicron on Saturday when a 33-year-old man who had travelled to Mumbai … Read more

Early South Africa data hints Omicron may cause less severe Covid, but more research needed

Early South Africa data hints Omicron may cause less severe Covid, but more research needed

As the world waits for studies that give a clear picture of the Omicron variant, early clinical data emerging from South Africa hint at a virus that may cause less severe cases of Covid-19. The South African Medical Research Council posted a report Saturday of the early experiences at several hospitals in Gauteng Province, where Omicron was … Read more

COVID-19: Omicron variant may reduce gap between infection and infectiousness – as UK cases rise to 160 | UK News

Shoppers walk past a message on a hand sanitiser station amid the coronavirus pandemic in Regent Street, London.

The Omicron variant of COVID-19 may shorten the window between infection and infectiousness compared to other strains, new analysis by British scientists suggests.The “reduced incubation period” of Omicron, identified by the UK Health and Security Agency, informed the government’s decision on Saturday to introduce pre-departure coronavirus tests for all international arrivals to the UK, according … Read more

Omicron proves we’re not in control of Covid – only global action can stop this pandemic | Jeremy Farrar

It’s almost two years since we first heard of Covid-19, and a year since the first Covid vaccines were rolled out. Yet this staggering progress is being squandered. We have drifted for months now, with richer countries, taking a very blinkered domestic focus, lulled into thinking that the worst of the pandemic was behind us. … Read more

As COVID’s Omicron variant spreads, an Australian research team is ‘very concerned’ about discovery on its origins

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For the past week virologist Sarah Palmer and her colleagues at The Westmead Institute’s Centre for Virus Research in Sydney have been working overtime to unlock the secrets of COVID-19’s Omicron variant.Like detectives solving a crime, Professor Palmer and post-doctoral fellow Eunok Lee have gathered evidence from a collection of Omicron sequences taken from patients … Read more

Florida’s governor celebrated his anti-mandate Covid laws. Now Omicron is here | Florida

Barely one month ago, Florida’s Republican governor Ron DeSantis was on a victory lap. The state’s average rate of new Covid-19 infections was the lowest in the nation, and a lapdog legislature was about to sign into law his sweeping new coronavirus measures, including the outlawing of mask and vaccine mandates in pursuit of “striking … Read more

Another Omicron Covid case detected in India, Zimbabwe returnee in Jamnagar tests positive

A health worker conducts Covid-19 testing of commuters  (HT_PRINT)

A man in Gujarat’s Jamnagar has tested positive for the Omicron variant of Covid-19, said state health department on Saturday.  The man, 72, had recently returned from Zimbabwe. His sample was sent for genome sequencing after he tested positive for Covid-19 on Thursday. “A person has been found to be Omicron positive in Jamnagar. We … Read more

Covid vaccine protests in Melbourne as Kerry Chant warns of ‘uptick’ in Sydney Omicron cases | Australia news

The Australian government says Covid vaccines could soon be rolled out for children as young as five as Victoria reported nine deaths and the NSW chief health officer, Kerry Chant, warned of “an uptick” in Omicron cases in metropolitan Sydney.The federal health minister, Greg Hunt, said on Saturday that the regulators – the Therapeutic Goods … Read more

WHO says no deaths reported from Omicron yet as Covid variant spreads | Coronavirus

The Omicron variant has been detected in at least 38 countries but no deaths have yet been reported, the World Health Organization has said, amid warnings that it could damage the global economic recovery.The United States and Australia became the latest countries to confirm locally transmitted cases of the variant, as Omicron infections pushed South … Read more

Europe hits 75 million COVID cases as it braces for Omicron: Live | Coronavirus pandemic News

Europe hits 75 million COVID cases as it braces for Omicron: Live | Coronavirus pandemic News

Rise in the prevalence of COVID-19 infections in the UK in the latest week, however, was driven by the dominant Delta variant rather than Omicron.Europe has crossed 75 million coronavirus cases, according to a Reuters news agency tally, as the region braces for the new Omicron variant at a time when hospitals in some countries … Read more

Latest on Omicron Variant, South Africa and Covid-19: Live News

Latest on Omicron Variant, South Africa and Covid-19: Live News

President Biden presented a new strategy for tamping down the spread of the coronavirus on Thursday, encouraging all adults to get a booster shot and seeking to expand testing.Credit…Pete Marovich for The New York TimesWith cases of the Omicron variant now recorded from New York to Hawaii, health officials across the United States say that … Read more

Act now against Omicron to stop new Covid wave, UK ministers warned | Coronavirus

UK ministers have been warned they cannot wait for new research on the Omicron variant and must act now to prevent a potentially “very significant wave of infections” that risks overwhelming the NHS.The Guardian understands the government has been privately urged by some of its own scientific advisers to tell people to work from home … Read more

Omicron driving record rate of Covid infection in South African province | Coronavirus

The pace of Covid infections in the South African province of Gauteng is outstripping anything seen in previous waves, and officials say Omicron is now the dominant variant.Angelique Coetzee, the chair of the South African Medical Association, said Omicron’s ability to spread – its R number – was believed to be above 6. The R … Read more

Omicron SARS-CoV-2 variant: a new chapter in the COVID-19 pandemic

Omicron SARS-CoV-2 variant: a new chapter in the COVID-19 pandemic

On Nov 25, 2021, about 23 months since the first reported case of COVID-19 and after a global estimated 260 million cases and 5·2 million deaths,1WHOWHO coronavirus (COVID-19) dashboard. a new SARS-CoV-2 variant of concern (VoC), omicron,2WHOUpdate on omicron. Nov 28, 2021. was reported. Omicron emerged in a COVID-19-weary world in which anger and frustration … Read more

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

Omicron COVID-19 variant found in five U.S. states

Omicron COVID-19 variant found in five U.S. states

A syringe is filled with a dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine at a pop-up community vaccination center at the Gateway World Christian Center in Valley Stream, New York, U.S., February 23, 2021. REUTERS/Brendan McDermidRegister now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.comRegisterDec 2 (Reuters) – New York has confirmed five cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant, … Read more

NSW’s ninth Omicron COVID-19 case may have been locally acquired

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NSW Health is concerned the state’s ninth Omicron COVID-19 infection “may have been acquired in the community”.The latest case, a student at Regents Park Christian School in Western Sydney, has not been overseas and has no links to people who have travelled abroad.Health Minister Brad Hazzard said two other students at the school had “early indications” … Read more

San Francisco Followed Covid Rules. Will Omicron Change the Playbook?

San Francisco Followed Covid Rules. Will Omicron Change the Playbook?

In the aftermath of the identification of the Omicron variant in the United States, President Biden extended a mask requirement on buses, trains and airplanes through mid-March and offered insurance reimbursement for at-home coronavirus tests, along with better access to those tests for people without insurance. Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the president’s top medical adviser, … Read more

To fight Omicron, Biden to add travel rules, make at-home COVID tests free

To fight Omicron, Biden to add travel rules, make at-home COVID tests free

WASHINGTON, Dec 2 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday will lay out his strategy to fight the Omicron and Delta coronavirus variants over the winter, including free and insurer-funded at-home COVID-19 testing and new requirements for international travelers.The U.S. government will require private health insurers to reimburse their 150 million customers for 100% … Read more

Omicron variant fuelling ‘exponential’ rise in Covid cases, say South Africa officials | Coronavirus

The Omicron variant has fuelled a “worrying” surge in coronavirus cases in South Africa and is rapidly becoming the dominant strain, local health officials have said, as more countries including the US detected their first cases.The United Arab Emirates and South Korea – which is already battling a worsening outbreak and record daily infections – … Read more

‘Omicron may soon cause over half of Covid infections in Europe’

BRUSSELS: The European Union’s public health agency said on Thursday that the Omicron variant could be responsible for more than half of all Covid-19 infections in Europe within a few months. The estimate could lend weight to preliminary information about the very high transmissibility of the Omicron variant, above that of the Delta variant, which … Read more

Omicron Covid-19 variant puts world on edge

Omicron Covid-19 variant puts world on edge

Acting Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel and acting German Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz during a press conference after a meeting on the current coronavirus situation on November 18, 2021 in Berlin. (Clemens Bilan/Pool/Getty Images)German citizens could potentially face tougher coronavirus restrictions as the country struggles to contain a fierce fourth wave of the pandemic.Outgoing Chancellor … Read more

European markets troubled as omicron Covid variant fears return

European markets troubled as omicron Covid variant fears return

LONDON — European stocks are expected to open lower on Thursday as concerns persist over the omicron Covid variant.The U.K.’s FTSE index is seen opening 80 points lower at 7,086, Germany’s DAX 176 points lower at 15,295, France’s CAC 40 down 91 points at 6,797 and Italy’s FTSE MIB 326 points lower at 26,026, according to … Read more