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”

Let’s talk about what we know and don’t about the new variant – Beau of the Fifth Column

Australia delays border reopening as Omicron cases rise

Australia said on Monday it would delay the reopening of its international border by two weeks after reporting its first cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant. Prime Minister Scott Morrison convened a meeting of his national security committee and said it received advice from Australia’s chief health officer to delay the reopening after the firstContinue reading “Australia delays border reopening as Omicron cases rise”

Japan to bar all new foreign visitors as omicron fears grow

The government announced Monday that it will ban all incoming foreign travelers for one month effective Tuesday in an effort to prevent the omicron variant from spreading domestically. New restrictions will encompass all new entries — including foreign exchange students, interns and those traveling for business — from every country in the world. The entryContinue reading “Japan to bar all new foreign visitors as omicron fears grow”

The Netherlands and Australia find the omicron variant as curbs spread

The Netherlands confirmed 13 cases of the new omicron variant of the coronavirus on Sunday and Australia found two as the countries half a world apart became the latest to detect it in travelers arriving from southern Africa. A raft of curbs being imposed by nations around the world as they scramble to slow theContinue reading “The Netherlands and Australia find the omicron variant as curbs spread”

Suspected Omicron coronavirus case found in Germany

The Omicron variant of the coronavirus has probably arrived in Germany, officials in the western state of Hesse said on Saturday, after mutations were found in a passenger arriving from South Africa. “Last night several Omicron-typical mutations were found in a traveller returning from South Africa,” tweeted Kai Klose, social affairs minister in Hesse, homeContinue reading “Suspected Omicron coronavirus case found in Germany”

Omicron variant: Biden makes fresh plea to Americans to get vaccinated as he puts travel restrictions on eight countries

New ban will affect eight African countries President Joe Biden announced on Friday that his administration would ban travel from eight countries beginning on Monday, as the US seeks to prevent the spread of a new Covid-19 variant dubbed “Omicron”. A statement from the White House indicated that travel from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique, and Malawi would beContinue reading “Omicron variant: Biden makes fresh plea to Americans to get vaccinated as he puts travel restrictions on eight countries”

Failure to share Covid vaccines ‘coming back to haunt us’, says Gordon Brown

Ex-PM says world was ‘forewarned’ of dangers of failing to vaccinate poorer countries amid rise of new variant ‘New variant is no surprise when rich countries are hoarding vaccines’ The failure of wealthy nations to get vaccines to the developing world is “coming back to haunt us”, Gordon Brown has warned, as experts said the emergence ofContinue reading “Failure to share Covid vaccines ‘coming back to haunt us’, says Gordon Brown”

EU advises border closures over new Covid variant as European case confirmed – BBC News

Countries around the world are taking steps to tighten travel restrictions after a new coronavirus variant was identified in southern Africa. The European Commission has recommended that EU countries introduce an “emergency brake” on all travel from the region in response. The World Health Organization (WHO) is meeting to discuss the new variant.

New COVID-19 variant: How dangerous is B.1.1.529? – DW News

Scientists in South Africa are warning of a new strain of COVID-19. The variant, which is yet to be named, appears to have a high number of mutations, and there’s a possibility it could be able to evade our immune response and be even more transmissible. At first, health officials thought they were seeing aContinue reading “New COVID-19 variant: How dangerous is B.1.1.529? – DW News”

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