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

Pakistan reports first suspected case of new COVID-19 variant

Pakistan reports first suspected case of new COVID-19 variant

File photoISLAMABAD: Pakistan has reported the first suspected case of the new COVID-19 variant Omicron, Sindh Minister for Health and Population Welfare Dr Azra Pechuho said Thursday.”A genomic study is being conducted which will confirm the exact variant but for now getting both doses of the vaccine is the best precaution,” she said in a … 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

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

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

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

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

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

A woman in a lab coat smiles as she picks up a sample jar

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

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

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

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

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 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

Pakistan adopts ‘zero tolerance’ policy to counter new COVID-19 variant

Pakistan adopts 'zero tolerance’ policy to counter new COVID-19 variant

A healthcare worker inoculates a citizen at a COVID-19 vaccination centre in Larkana’s Jinnah Bagh. Photo: APPISLAMABAD: Pakistan has adopted a “zero tolerance” policy and announced a new vaccination plan to counter the Omicron threat under which booster shots will be given to immunocompromised people, healthcare workers and those aged over 50 years.A meeting of … 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

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

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: 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

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

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 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

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

A man in a suit stands in front of a lectern speaking, a blue curtain is behind him.

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

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

Omicron variant spreads in Europe with at least 13 cases identified in the Netherland

Omicron variant spreads in Europe with at least 13 cases identified in the Netherland

As more cases are identified and governments around the world mobilize to respond to Omicron, an urgent meeting of G7 health ministers will be convened on Monday, the UK said. It also announced on Sunday new domestic public health rules requiring face coverings in shops and on public transport starting this week. Omicron was first … 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

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

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

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

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

Equities, oil prices, U.S. Treasury yields all drop on COVID variant fears

Equities, oil prices, U.S. Treasury yields all drop on COVID variant fears

European shares on track for worst sell-off in a yearCompanies benefiting from economic reopening tumble in early U.S. tradingCrude prices tumbleWASHINGTON/LONDON, Nov 26 (Reuters) – Shares tumbled on Wall Street on Friday as they reopened after Thanksgiving, while European stocks saw their biggest sell-off in 17 months and oil prices plunged by $10 per barrel … Read more

Omicron: Scientists scramble to unpick secrets of new COVID variant as WHO calls for calm

A female nurse in protective clothing stands over a man sitting writing on a clipboard

The World Health Organization (WHO) is calling for calm as the new Omicron coronavirus strain causes international borders to slam shut and global financial markets to plunge.Key points:The WHO says it will take “a few weeks” to understand the full impact of OmicronScientists fear current vaccines may be less effective against the new strainGlobal stocks plummeted upon news of … 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

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