WHO says omicron won’t be last Covid variant as global cases surge by 20% in a week

Dr. Bruce Aylward, a senior WHO official, warned high levels of transmission give the virus more opportunity to replicate and mutate, raising the risk that another variant will emerge. New infections have increased by 20% globally over the past week with nearly 19 million total reported cases. “This pandemic is nowhere near over,” WHO Director-GeneralContinue reading “WHO says omicron won’t be last Covid variant as global cases surge by 20% in a week”

Gravitas: Amid Omicron surge, Deltacron discovered in Cyprus – WION

Cyprus has discovered a new variant called ‘Deltacron’ which is a combination of Delta & Omicron. The global case tally meanwhile has breached the 307 million mark. India alone added 179,000+ cases on Sunday. Palki Sharma gets you a detailed report.

Gravitas: Omicron Surge: Troops deployed to London hospitals – WION

The British Armed Forces have sent 200 personnel into NHS hospitals across London to plug staff shortages. Last week, 9.5 million people worldwide tested positive for the Wuhan virus. Palki Sharma brings you a report.

Canada: COVID-19 hospitalizations up 67 per cent in week as Omicron takes hold

The number of COVID-19 patients in Canadian hospitals climbed by 67 per cent over the past week, including a 9-per-cent increase in infected people in intensive care units, according to data compiled by The Globe and Mail. The highly transmissible Omicron variant of COVID-19 has swept across Canada in little over a month. Now, asContinue reading “Canada: COVID-19 hospitalizations up 67 per cent in week as Omicron takes hold”

Omicron update: Soaring COVID-19 infections around the world – DW News

The Omicron variant is causing skyrocketing rates of COVID-19 infections in countries around the world. The Director-General of the World Health Organization says he is extremely worried about the massive spike in cases driven by the simultaneous spread of Delta and Omicron.

Minister rejects calls to reduce self-isolation to five days in England

No plans to change current seven-day period to ease NHS staff shortages, says Chloe Smith Calls for a reduction in England’s Covid self-isolation period from seven days to five in order to ease NHS staff shortages have been dismissed by a government minister. Chloe Smith, the minister for disabled people, health and work, said theContinue reading “Minister rejects calls to reduce self-isolation to five days in England”

S. Korea sees more than 100 COVID-19 deaths in a day for first time – Arirang News

South Korean health authorities on Thursday reported for the first time… more than a hundred COVID-19 related deaths in one day. The number of patients in critical condition has also reached a new peak. Kim Yeon-seung reports.

Omicron infections appear no less severe than Delta; COVID-19 lowers sperm count, motility

The following is a summary of some recent studies on COVID-19. They include research that warrants further study to corroborate the findings and that has yet to be certified by peer review. Omicron infections no less severe based on early UK data Infections caused by the Omicron variant of the coronavirus do not appear toContinue reading “Omicron infections appear no less severe than Delta; COVID-19 lowers sperm count, motility”

‘No evidence’ Omicron milder than Delta, British researchers say

Imperial College London study also finds Omicron five times more likely to cause reinfections, but some experts say there are still not sufficient data to draw conclusions. British researchers say they have found “no evidence” that the Omicron coronavirus variant is milder than Delta, casting doubt on the cautious optimism of some experts that the new strain may notContinue reading “‘No evidence’ Omicron milder than Delta, British researchers say”

COVID-19: France to restrict travel from UK over Omicron worries – Global News

As Omicron cases rapidly rise in Europe, multiple countries are taking measures to limit the spread of the highly-contagious variant. In France, starting Saturday, only French citizens and residents can freely travel to the country from the United Kingdom. This is especially as Britain faces a rapid surge of the virus – reporting over 88,300Continue reading “COVID-19: France to restrict travel from UK over Omicron worries – Global News”

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