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From flight bans to reimposing COVID-19 precautions, how countries are reacting to the Omicron variant
World

From flight bans to reimposing COVID-19 precautions, how countries are reacting to the Omicron variant

In the week since the new virus strain was reported by South Africa, dozens of countries around the world have responded with travel restrictions — most targeting southern African nations.

Centre advises states/UTs to ramp up testing for early detection of new COVID-19 variant Omicron
India

Centre advises states/UTs to ramp up testing for early detection of new COVID-19 variant Omicron

According to government officials, no case of the new Omicron variant of coronavirus has been detected in India yet.

New COVID-19 variant Omicron 'not a disaster', vaccination likely to protect, says Top UK scientist
India

New COVID-19 variant Omicron 'not a disaster', vaccination likely to protect, says Top UK scientist

Professor Calum Semple, a microbiologist from the UK government's Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), struck a note of caution on the worldwide headlines around the new B.1.1.529 variant detected in South Africa

'This is one to watch': WHO hosts special meeting on worrying new COVID-19 variant
World

'This is one to watch': WHO hosts special meeting on worrying new COVID-19 variant

The WHO could decide if it's a 'variant of concern' — the most worrying type, like the well-known delta variant — or a 'variant of interest,' and whether to use a Greek letter to classify it

New COVID variant B.1.1.529 leaves scientists worried; what you need to know
World

New COVID variant B.1.1.529 leaves scientists worried; what you need to know

The scientists have warned that this variant carries an 'extremely high number' of mutations may drive further waves of disease by evading the body’s defences