Canada reports 15 cases of Omicron variant, says severe Covid trends could rise – Times of India

Canada reports 15 cases of Omicron variant says severe Covid

OTTAWA: Canada has discovered a total of 15 cases of the new Omicron variant of Covid-19 and severe illness trends across the country could start to rise again, public health officials said on Friday. The federal government said it backed a recommendation of a national advisory board on immunizations that all adults above 50 should … Read more

south korea: South Korea breaks daily virus record for 2nd straight day – Times of India

south korea South Korea breaks daily virus record for 2nd

SEOUL: South Korea broke its daily record for coronavirus infections for a second straight day on Thursday with more than 5,200 new cases, as pressure mounted on a health care system grappling with rising hospitalisations and deaths. The rapid delta-driven spread comes amid the emergence of the new omicron variant, which is seen as potentially … Read more

tedros: Omicron coronavirus variant confirmed in 23 countries: WHO chief – Times of India

tedros Omicron coronavirus variant confirmed in 23 countries WHO chief

GENEVA: The new Omicron coronavirus variant has been confirmed in 23 countries and their number is expected to rise, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Wednesday. Speaking at a press briefing here, Tedros said the emergence of the Omicron variant has understandably captured global attention. “At least 23 countries … Read more

First US Omicron case identified in California: Health agency – Times of India

First US Omicron case identified in California Health agency

WASHINGTON: The first confirmed case of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 has been detected in a person in California, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday. “The individual was a traveler who returned from South Africa on November 22, 2021,” the agency said. “The individual, who was fully vaccinated and had mild … Read more

omicron: Omicron was present in Europe days before flight ban: Officials – Times of India

omicron Omicron was present in Europe days before flight ban

Two people who tested positive for the coronavirus in the Netherlands more than a week ago were infected with the Omicron variant, Dutch health officials reported on Tuesday. The timing is significant because it suggests that the variant was already present in the country for at least a week before the arrival of two flights … Read more

Indonesia bans arrivals from 8 African countries to curb Omicron variant – Times of India

Indonesia bans arrivals from 8 African countries to curb Omicron

JAKARTA: Indonesia will ban the arrival of travellers who have been in eight African countries, to curb the spread of the new Omicron variant of Covid-19, an official document showed on Sunday. Indonesia, home to popular tourist island Bali, will not allow people who have been in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Mozambique, Eswatini … Read more

Travellers jump hoops to leave South Africa as Covid variant hits – Times of India

Travellers jump hoops to leave South Africa as Covid variant

JOHANNESBURG: Eyes welling up with frustration and relief, Belgian Valerie Leduc and a friend walked from a ticket counter at Johannesburg international airport having secured a flight seat home via Ethiopia. But they will only be flying out in three days time. “We were feeling like we have committed a crime,” said the 30-year-old Antwerp … Read more

south africa: South African scientists brace for wave propelled by omicron – Times of India

south africa South African scientists brace for wave propelled by

JOHANNESBURG: As the world grapples with the emergence of the new highly transmissible variant of Covid-19, worried scientists in South Africa — where omicron was first identified — are scrambling to combat its lightning spread across the country. In the space of two weeks, the omicron variant has sent South Africa from a period of … Read more

omicron: South African medical association says Omicron variant causes ‘mild disease’ – Times of India

omicron South African medical association says Omicron variant causes mild

JOHANNESBURG: The new Omicron variant of the coronavirus results in mild disease, without prominent syndromes, Angelique Coetzee, the chairwoman of the South African Medical Association, told Sputnik on Saturday. The World Health Organization (WHO) identified on Friday the new South African strain as one of concern, as it is reported to carry a high number … Read more

US to curb travel from eight southern African countries over new Covid-19 variant – Times of India

US to curb travel from eight southern African countries over

WASHINGTON: The United States will restrict entry to travellers from eight southern African countries over concerns about a new Covid-19 variant found in South Africa, President Joe Biden said on Friday. The policy does not ban flights or apply to the US citizens and lawful US permanent residents, a Biden administration official said. The restrictions … Read more