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Gravitas: Omicron: Why India is preparing for a big surge – WION

India has reported its biggest surge since June 2021. The Omicron fuelled surge added 10 million new cases worldwide last week. The UK is restricting testing. Lockdown in China’s Xi’an has led to chaos. Palki Sharma brings you the 10 big developments.

Quebec reintroduces 10 p.m. curfew as infection rates skyrocket

The Quebec government will reintroduce a curfew between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. starting Dec. 31 as the province battles an explosive rise of COVID-19 infections driven by the Omicron variant. “I know we’re all tired, but it’s my responsibility to protect (Quebecers),” said Legault. “(Experts) agree that, in the coming weeks, there is aContinue reading “Quebec reintroduces 10 p.m. curfew as infection rates skyrocket”

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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.

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.

How Does Disease Move? Crash Course Geography #34

From outbreaks of measles in the United States and cholera in Haiti to patterns of lead poisoning near gold mines in Nigeria, medical geographers play an important role in tracking disease in the landscape. Today, we’re going to look at strategies medical geographers use to help as many people as possible achieve the highest levelContinue reading “How Does Disease Move? Crash Course Geography #34”

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”

World braces for ‘raging’ omicrin infection wave – DW News

The omicron variant of the coronavirus is “raging” around the world, the White House’s top medical advisor Anthony Fauci said on Sunday. Fauci said in a TV interview for NBC that the “real problem” for the US hospital system is that “we have so many people in this country who are eligible to be vaccinatedContinue reading “World braces for ‘raging’ omicrin infection wave – DW News”

WHO: Omicron detected in 89 countries, cases doubling fast

The omicron variant of the coronavirus has been detected in 89 countries, and COVID-19 cases involving the variant are doubling every 1.5 to 3 days in places with community transmission and not just infections acquired abroad, the World Health Organization said Saturday. Omicron’s “substantial growth advantage” over the delta variant means it is likely toContinue reading “WHO: Omicron detected in 89 countries, cases doubling fast”

‘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”