Omicron COVID variant was in Europe before South African scientists detected and flagged it to the world

Dutch health authorities announced on Tuesday that they found the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus in cases dating back as long as 11 days, indicating that it was already spreading in western Europe before the first cases were identified in southern Africa. The RIVM health institute said it found Omicron in samples dating from November 19 and 23.Continue reading “Omicron COVID variant was in Europe before South African scientists detected and flagged it to the world”

Omicron: What we know so far about the new COVID-19 variant – DW News

There’s growing global alarm over Omicron – the new coronavirus variant that first emerged in South Africa. Researchers say it could be the most infectious form of the virus so far, and it might even beat current vaccines. The international response has been swift. Many countries have shut down air travel from southern Africa. TheContinue reading “Omicron: What we know so far about the new COVID-19 variant – DW News”

Mass protests against Covid restrictions in European cities – BBC News

The Belgian capital Brussels is the latest European city to see mass protests and unrest over tighter coronavirus restrictions. Tens of thousands of people took to the streets, some throwing fireworks and missiles at police who responded with tear gas and water canon. Belgium has brought in new measures in response to a sharp riseContinue reading “Mass protests against Covid restrictions in European cities – BBC News”

Mass protests against lockdowns and vaccines in Prague, Rome, Amsterdam

Thousands of protesters gathered in Vienna on Saturday after the Austrian government announced a nationwide lockdown to contain the quickly rising coronavirus infections in the country. The far-right opposition Freedom Party was among those who have called for the protest and vowed to combat the new restrictions. Demonstrations against virus measures also took place inContinue reading “Mass protests against lockdowns and vaccines in Prague, Rome, Amsterdam”

Bird flu spreads in Europe and Asia

Several outbreaks of severe bird flu in Europe and Asia have been reported in recent days to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), in a sign the virus is spreading quickly again. The spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza, commonly called bird flu, has put the poultry industry on alert after previous outbreaks ledContinue reading “Bird flu spreads in Europe and Asia”

EU court fines Poland 1 million euros a day for judiciary row – DW News

In breaking news from Brussels, the European Union’s top court has ordered Poland to pay one million euros a day over a legal dispute with the bloc. The European Court of Justice says Warsaw failed to heed an earlier EU ruling that demanded changes to some of Poland’s judicial reforms. The EU decision in JulyContinue reading “EU court fines Poland 1 million euros a day for judiciary row – DW News”

How World War I Started: Crash Course World History 209

In which John Green teaches you about World War I and how it got started. Crash Course doesn’t usually talk much about dates, but the way that things unfolded in July and August of 1914 are kind of important to understanding the Great War. You’ll learn about Franz Ferdinand, Gavrilo Pincep, the Black Hand, andContinue reading “How World War I Started: Crash Course World History 209”

Strong winds cause damage, disruptions in western Europe

A powerful autumn storm, named Aurore, blasted parts of western Europe on Thursday, knocking out power to a quarter of a million French homes and damaging buildings in at least four countries. Train services were disrupted by uprooted trees littering tracks in France, Germany and the Netherlands and roofs were ripped off many buildings, includingContinue reading “Strong winds cause damage, disruptions in western Europe”

Seven residents of Belgium care home die from Kappa lineage of Covid-19

Seven residents of a nursing home in Belgium, who had all been vaccinated against Covid-19, have died after being infected with a lineage of the coronavirus first detected in Colombia, officials said Friday. The virology team that conducted the tests said the residents had been infected with the B.1.621 lineage of Covid-19 that originated in Colombia. InContinue reading “Seven residents of Belgium care home die from Kappa lineage of Covid-19”

Dozens die in floods in western Europe, others missing

Houses collapse after Ahr river bursts banks south of Bonn More dead in cellar floods, two firefighters lose lives Transport disrupted, Rhine shipping suspended More heavy rain due in southwestern Germany At least 33 people have died in Germany and dozens were missing on Thursday as record rainfall in western Europe caused rivers to burstContinue reading “Dozens die in floods in western Europe, others missing”

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