World Economic Forum to hold 2022 annual meeting in Davos in May

The World Economic Forum will hold its 2022 annual meeting in the Swiss mountain resort of Davos from May 22-26, the Geneva-based group said on Friday. The WEF had in December postponed the event for the business and political elite a month before it was due to take place, citing the difficulties of holding such … Read more

Omicron sub-lineage BA.2 variant under investigation in UK

“The Omicron variant sub-lineage known as BA.2 has been designated as a variant under investigation,” UKHSA said. The UK health authorities on Friday said they will be conducting further analysis into a sub-lineage of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 after designating it a variant under investigation (VUI). The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), which monitors … Read more

Covid-19: Vaccine-induced immunity in 30% individuals wanes after six months, new study finds

Individuals with antibody levels below 15 AU/ml were considered to be antibody negative, meaning they didn’t develop any protective immunity. Antibody titres in 30% individuals above the age of 40 decline barely six months after vaccination, a new study has demonstrated. The study was conducted by Hyderabad-based AIG Hospitals, in collaboration with the Asian Healthcare … Read more

Was South Africa ignored over mild Omicron evidence?

Prof Karim acknowledged that Omicron’s high transmissibility was causing temporary problems for countries like the US, but, citing South Africa’s own experience, he said “the good thing is that because [the infection rate] has gone up that fast, it’ll go down that fast too, so the pressure on hospitals will be much less”. Source link

U.S. Faces Wave of Omicron Deaths in Coming Weeks, Forecasts Say

Jan. 19, 2022 — COVID-19 deaths from the Omicron variant are climbing and will likely increase quickly in the upcoming weeks, according to new forecasts. Based on national forecasts, 50,000 to 300,000 more Americans could die by the time the current wave subsides in March. “A lot of people are still going to die because … Read more

How does coronavirus travel from one person to another? Here’s what researchers say

Researchers, officials, and health experts have come up with a different theory on transmission and ways in which coronavirus travels from one body to another. Covid-19: Various theories regarding the covid transmission panned out ever since the virus broke in the Chinese city of Wuhan. China is asking people to wear face masks and gloves … Read more

Covid-19: After five-day dip, fresh cases slightly up to 6,149 in Mumbai, active tally below 50,000

With fresh additions, the COVID-19 tally increased to 10,11,967, while the death toll jumped to 16,476, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said in a bulletin. After dropping for five days in a row, daily coronavirus cases marginally rose to 6,149 in Mumbai on Tuesday, while seven more patients succumbed to the infection and 12,810 others … Read more

Covid-19: Kerala reports 28,481 fresh cases

Among the districts, Thiruvananthapuram reported 6,911 cases, followed by Ernakulam with 4,013 and Kozhikode with 2,967. COVID-19 infections in Kerala on Tuesday witnessed a steep rise as the state reported 28,481 new positive cases taking the infection count to 54,07,312. Kerala had reported 22,946 cases on Monday. State Health Minister Veena George said the state … Read more

Demand for relaxing partial lockdown measures in tourism sector in Bengal

The travel restriction announced by the government to contain the spread of the disease in the state has severely impacted the state’s tourism industry, they said. Trade bodies in West Bengal are pressing for relaxation of the partial lockdown measures clamped by the government on the job intensive tourism sector and have demanded its relaxation. … Read more

Covid-19: Maharashtra sees sharp fall in cases at 31,111; 24 die, 122 new Omicron patients detected

With these additions, the state’s overall tally of COVID-19 cases rose to 72,42,921, while the death toll jumped to 1,41,832, it said. Maharashtra on Monday recorded 31,111 fresh coronavirus positive cases, 10,216 less than the day before, and 24 new deaths linked to the infection, the state health department said. With these additions, the state’s … Read more