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Maharashtra likely to see rise in COVID-19 hospitalisations by Jan-end or early Feb, says health department
India

Maharashtra likely to see rise in COVID-19 hospitalisations by Jan-end or early Feb, says health department

The health department made this projection during a presentation before the state cabinet. The cabinet expressed concern over the projection, a statement issued by the CMO said.

South Africa has changed tack on tackling COVID-19 and here's why it makes sense
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South Africa has changed tack on tackling COVID-19 and here's why it makes sense

The South African government has decided to take a more pragmatic approach while keeping an eye on severe COVID and whether or not health systems are imminently under threat.

Omicron: You may forget the COVID-19 variant but here's why your T-cells won't
India

Omicron: You may forget the COVID-19 variant but here's why your T-cells won't

The view that the immune system — prepped via either recovery from infection, or vaccination — can tackle the new variant has found support in a South African study that credits T-cells with putting up a robust defence against Omicron

Will the pandemic end in 2022? Surging COVID-19 cases and new Omicron variant make it seem a far-off reality
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Will the pandemic end in 2022? Surging COVID-19 cases and new Omicron variant make it seem a far-off reality

The world could see the coronavirus pandemic begin fading next year into an endemic disease like others humanity lives with, unless glaring inequality in vaccine access drags it out and worse variants emerge

Omicron in India: Man from Zimbabwe tests positive in Gujarat, confirmed cases in country rise to three
India

Omicron in India: Man from Zimbabwe tests positive in Gujarat, confirmed cases in country rise to three

A day after two cases of Omicron variant were reported in Karnataka, the Centre and states are on high alert to keep the virus at bay

Omg, Omicron! Why it's too soon to panic about new vaccines to tackle the COVID-19 variant
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Omg, Omicron! Why it's too soon to panic about new vaccines to tackle the COVID-19 variant

Vaccines may end up protecting us against Omicron after all, as they have done with earlier variants. The World Health Organization (WHO) says it will take us another two to four weeks to figure out what's going on

Omicron variant likely to be present in all major Indian cities, not coming from airports, says top Indian scientist
India

Omicron variant likely to be present in all major Indian cities, not coming from airports, says top Indian scientist

Dr Rakesh Mishra, the chief of Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, said that vaccinations, wearing face masks, maintaining social distance and hand hygiene are of utmost importance in the fight against the disease

South Africa hit by fourth COVID-19 wave: What we know about country's surge in cases
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South Africa hit by fourth COVID-19 wave: What we know about country's surge in cases

South Africa is being hit by a fourth wave of COVID-19 infections driven by the Omicron variant which has been detected in seven of the country's nine provinces, Health Minister Joe Phaahla said on Friday

Will Omicron lead to third COVID-19 wave in India? Centre has all the answers for you
India

Will Omicron lead to third COVID-19 wave in India? Centre has all the answers for you

The government in its FAQ said that given the fast pace of vaccination in India and high exposure to the Delta variant, the severity of the disease is anticipated to be low

Omicron COVID-19 variant is a cause for concern, not panic: US President Joe Biden tells Americans
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Omicron COVID-19 variant is a cause for concern, not panic: US President Joe Biden tells Americans

When omicron arrives, and it will, Biden said, America will “face this new threat just as we’ve faced those that have come before it.”

India A face South Africa A in 2nd unofficial Test amid threat of new COVID-19 variant
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India A face South Africa A in 2nd unofficial Test amid threat of new COVID-19 variant

India A players will need to keep the thoughts of the new variant at bay and focus on the task at hand as they revive their battle with South Africa A in Bloemfontein

Omicron: Five steps to avoid, ten to take immediately
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Omicron: Five steps to avoid, ten to take immediately

It’s naïve to believe that imposing travel bans on a handful of countries will stop the import of a variant; it will disperse across the globe unless it is an island, which shuts out the rest of the world

'Being punished' for detecting new COVID-19 variant Omicron, says South Africa as several countries impose travel ban
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'Being punished' for detecting new COVID-19 variant Omicron, says South Africa as several countries impose travel ban

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) in a statement urged world leaders not to implement knee-jerk policy decisions in response to the detection of the Omicron variant

Germany finds suspected COVID-19 variant case, says regional official
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Germany finds suspected COVID-19 variant case, says regional official

Kai Klose, social affairs minister in the western state of Hesse, said tests late Friday on the traveller who returned to Germany from South Africa revealed 'several mutations typical of Omicron'

Why WHO chose to skip 'Nu' and 'Xi' and named new COVID-19 variant as Omicron
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Why WHO chose to skip 'Nu' and 'Xi' and named new COVID-19 variant as Omicron

The naming decision went viral on Twitter, with some netizens questioning the method in which the name was chosen and whether the United Nations health agency had done so in order to avoid antagonising China

Narendra Modi asks officials to review easing of international travel curbs over new COVID-19 variant Omicron
India

Narendra Modi asks officials to review easing of international travel curbs over new COVID-19 variant Omicron

The prime minister’s meeting with top officials came amid rising global concern about the B.1.1.529 strain of coronavirus

Arvind Kejriwal urges PM Modi to stop flights from countries affected by new COVID-19 variant
India

Arvind Kejriwal urges PM Modi to stop flights from countries affected by new COVID-19 variant

Amid rising concern about a new COVID-19 variant 'Omicron', India has added several countries to the list from where travellers would need to follow additional measures on arrival, including post-arrival testing for infection

Bags packed, but nowhere to go: Passengers rush to leave South Africa as Omicron variant prompts travel bans
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Bags packed, but nowhere to go: Passengers rush to leave South Africa as Omicron variant prompts travel bans

The European Union and other major destinations, including the United States and Canada, have moved to block flights from African countries following the discovery of the new COVID-19 variant

Narendra Modi to chair meet on COVID-19 situation with top government officials at 10.30 am
India

Narendra Modi to chair meet on COVID-19 situation with top government officials at 10.30 am

The prime minister’s meeting comes amid rising global concern about the B.1.1.529 strain of the coronavirus, now called 'Omicron'