Covid-19: South African scientists detect two new Omicron subvariants

South African scientists have detected two new sublineages of the Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. According to Tulio de Oliveira, Director of the Centre for Epidemic Response & innovation, South Africa, the lineages have been named BA.4 and BA.5. However, he said, the detection was no cause for alarm and it … Read more

WHO Europe warns of Covid-19 rise in east, like Russia, Ukraine

Kluge sought to put an emphasis on improving vaccination rates, which have lagged in Eastern Europe compared to the rest of the region. The head of the World Health Organisation’s Europe office said Tuesday that health officials are turning their attention to growing rates of COVID-19 infection in Eastern Europe, where six countries — including … Read more

Covid-19: What is the new IHU variant discovered in France?

The study reports that the variant was detected in November among 12 people in southeastern France, the first of whom had returned from Cameroon. Even as the world struggles to come to grips with the coronavirus’ Omicron variant, news about the emergence of another highly-mutated variant spread on Tuesday, raising fears over yet another wave … Read more

Covid-19: WHO chief worried about ‘tsunami’ of Omicron, Delta cases

Top officials with the UN health agency cautioned that it’s still too early to be reassured by initial data suggesting that omicron leads to milder disease. The head of the World Health Organization said Wednesday that he’s worried about the omicron and delta variants of COVID-19 combining to produce a “tsunami” of cases, but said … Read more

Covid-19: Maharashtra’s daily caseload crosses 2,000 mark, 22 more die

The bulletin said 1,098 patients were discharged in the last 24 hours, taking the tally of those recovered so far to 65,04,831. Maharashtra on Tuesday reported 2,172 fresh coronavirus cases, up by 50 per cent from 1,426 infections recorded a day before, and 22 new deaths, the health department said. With these additions, the state’s … Read more

COVID-19: Three more Omicron cases detected in Rajasthan, total count at 46

The highest number of 43 cases were reported from Jaipur while four cases each were reported from Ganganagar and Bikaner, three from Tonk, two from Ajmer. Three new Omicron cases have been detected in Rajasthan, taking the number of people infected with the new variant of the coronavirus to 46, an official report said on … Read more

What exactly is ‘Delmicron’? Scientists warn of super strain — Here’s all about its origin, mutation, etc

According to US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data, over 99.5% of infections in the country in November were caused by the Delta variant. As the world still comes to grips with coronavirus’ variant, said to be highly transmissible if not deadlier than the Delta variant, that has dimmed the chances of a pandemic-free … Read more

Covid-19: Centre rings alarm over breakthrough cases as Omicron evades vaccine-induced immunity — Here’s latest advisory

Dr VK Paul, chief of India’s Covid-19 task force, warned that Omicron had a higher risk of transmission within households when compared against the Delta variant. At least 90% of all patients infected by the highly transmissible Omicron variant were fully vaccinated, a Union Health Ministry analysis of 183 cases showed. Sharing the results, the … Read more

Covid-19: Is there a correct way to pronounce ‘Omicron’?

According to experts, however, there is no single, agreed-on English pronunciation. (Reuters) Among the many unknowns of the new coronavirus variant — Omicron — named after the Greek alphabet’s 15th letter — one that has stood out for many English speakers is its pronunciation. According to experts, however, there is no single, agreed-on English pronunciation. … Read more

Omicron Updates From Around the World

Nov. 29, 2021 — The new Omicron coronavirus variant, which has been detected in several countries in recent days, will spread widely across the world and inevitably reach the U.S., Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Monday. “Obviously, we’re on high alert,” he said on Good Morning … Read more