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WHO: China's COVID-19 plan 'unsustainable' due to highly-infectious Omicron variant
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WHO: China's COVID-19 plan 'unsustainable' due to highly-infectious Omicron variant

The ruthless and often chaotic implementation of zero-COVID in China has stirred considerable resentment and food shortages in Shanghai, where some residents have been under lockdown for more than a month

North Korea reports six deaths, a day after acknowledging COVID-19 outbreak
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North Korea reports six deaths, a day after acknowledging COVID-19 outbreak

The true scale is unclear, but a big COVID-19 outbreak could be devastating in a country with a broken health care system and an unvaccinated, malnourished population

Global tourism recovering, but yet to return to pre-pandemic levels
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Global tourism recovering, but yet to return to pre-pandemic levels

International tourist arrivals worldwide have more than doubled, up 130 per cent in January 2022 on the same period last year, according to UN World Tourism Organization figures

North Korea reports first COVID-19 outbreak, declares 'severe national emergency'
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North Korea reports first COVID-19 outbreak, declares 'severe national emergency'

North Korea has never admitted to a case of COVID-19, with the government imposing a rigid coronavirus blockade of its borders since the start of the pandemic in 2020

China's services activity plunges as zero-Covid drags, according to independent data
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China's services activity plunges as zero-Covid drags, according to independent data

The figures come as China's leaders battle the highly infectious Omicron variant that has led to the locking down of major cities

Beijing tightens COVID-19 restrictions as long holiday begins
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Beijing tightens COVID-19 restrictions as long holiday begins

Faced with the highly transmissible Omicron variant, Chinese officials have doubled down on their zero-Covid policy, quashing virus clusters through mass testing and lockdowns

China facing 'tsunami' of Omicron, says top official as Shanghai, Beijing battle to curb Covid spread
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China facing 'tsunami' of Omicron, says top official as Shanghai, Beijing battle to curb Covid spread

All the residents in Beijing will be required to have a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours to enter public spaces from 30 April

Beijing: Omicron threatens Communist Party congress where Xi Jinping seeks 3rd term as Chinese capital stares at lockdown
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Beijing: Omicron threatens Communist Party congress where Xi Jinping seeks 3rd term as Chinese capital stares at lockdown

Authorities are moving quickly to try to prevent a massive COVID-19 outbreak that could trigger a citywide lockdown like the one that has paralyzed Shanghai for more than three weeks

Beijing orders mass COVID-19 testing in 11 districts after 32 turn positive on Monday's nucleic acid tests
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Beijing orders mass COVID-19 testing in 11 districts after 32 turn positive on Monday's nucleic acid tests

Beijing is battling the spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19. It has ordered mass testing covering almost all of its 21 million population

COVID-19: Possibility of new variants of Omicron in Delhi, say experts
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COVID-19: Possibility of new variants of Omicron in Delhi, say experts

Delhi on Wednesday reported 1,009 fresh cases, the highest since 10 February, while the positivity rate is 5.70 per cent

Surge in COVID-19 cases will not lead to fourth wave, says former Chief Scientist of ICMR
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Surge in COVID-19 cases will not lead to fourth wave, says former Chief Scientist of ICMR

Dr R Gangakhedkar said that India has sublineages of the Omicron variant but no new variant has been reported so far and the chances of the fourth wave can't be seen as of now

Shanghai reports 7 more COVID-19 deaths, infection rate peaks amid lockdown in Chinese city
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Shanghai reports 7 more COVID-19 deaths, infection rate peaks amid lockdown in Chinese city

The Shanghai Municipal Health Commission on Tuesday said the seven victims were aged between 60 and 101, and all suffered from underlying conditions such as heart disease and diabetes

Shanghai reports three COVID-19 deaths, first since the start of lockdown
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Shanghai reports three COVID-19 deaths, first since the start of lockdown

The deceased included two women aged 89 and 91, and a man aged 91. The city government said that they all had a variety of underlying health complaints such as coronary heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure

India's 'warm vaccine' candidate effective against Delta, Omicron COVID-19 variants in mice, says study
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India's 'warm vaccine' candidate effective against Delta, Omicron COVID-19 variants in mice, says study

The latest study, published recently in the journal Viruses, assessed vaccinated mice sera (blood samples) for efficacy against key coronavirus variants, including Delta and Omicron.

No reason to worry until a new variant of concern of COVID-19 gets detected, says Delhi health minister
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No reason to worry until a new variant of concern of COVID-19 gets detected, says Delhi health minister

Satyendar Jain said that Delhi government is keeping a watchful eye over the COVID-19 pandemic situation and since World Health Organisation has not declared any new variant of concern, there is no reason to worry yet

China's health system feels the pressure as Omicron cases spike
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China's health system feels the pressure as Omicron cases spike

Shanghai residents under lockdown have complained about a lack of access to food and medicines unrelated to COVID-19

Explained: A more contagious version of COVID-19 Omicron variant takes over; what's known about BA.2?
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Explained: A more contagious version of COVID-19 Omicron variant takes over; what's known about BA.2?

BA.2 been dubbed 'stealth omicron' because it lacks a genetic quirk of the original omicron that allowed health officials to rapidly differentiate it from the delta variant using a certain PCR test

Latest Omicron strain unlikely to cause new wave of pandemic, says Russian expert
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Latest Omicron strain unlikely to cause new wave of pandemic, says Russian expert

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has issued a warning against XE, a new variant of Omicron first detected in the UK.

COVID-19: Symptoms from Omicron infection last two days less than Delta, says Lancet study
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COVID-19: Symptoms from Omicron infection last two days less than Delta, says Lancet study

The research, published in The Lancet journal has used data from vaccinated people who kept a smartphone log of their COVID-19 symptoms after breakthrough infections

XE variant of COVID-19 not more severe than Omicron, says top virologist Dr Gagandeep Kang
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XE variant of COVID-19 not more severe than Omicron, says top virologist Dr Gagandeep Kang

XE is a combination or recombinant of both sub-variants (BA.1 and BA.2) of Omicron and could be more transmissible than any COVID-19 strain, according to the WHO