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How South African scientists spotted the Omicron COVID variant

Published On: December 1, 2021 09:20 AM NPT By: Reuters

JOHANNESBURG, Dec 1: On Friday Nov. 19, Raquel Viana, Head of Science at one of South Africa's biggest private testing labs, sequenced the genes on eight coronavirus samples - and got the shock of her life.

Omicron variant could outcompete Delta, South African disease expert says

Published On: December 1, 2021 07:53 AM NPT By: Reuters

JOHANNESBURG, Dec 1: The Omicron coronavirus variant detected in southern Africa could be the most likely candidate to displace the highly contagious Delta variant, the director of South Africa's communicable disease institute said on Tuesday.

Omicron poses very high global risk, world must prepare -WHO

Published On: November 30, 2021 08:55 AM NPT By: Reuters

GENEVA, Nov 30: The heavily mutated Omicron coronavirus variant is likely to spread internationally and poses a very high risk of infection surges that could have "severe consequences" in some places, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday.

Analysis: Scientists ask whether Omicron can outrun Delta

Published On: November 30, 2021 07:51 AM NPT By: Reuters

Nov 30: As scientists race to understand the consequences of the Omicron COVID-19 variant, one of the most important questions is whether this new version of the coronavirus can outrun the globally dominant Delta variant.

S.African doctor says patients with Omicron variant have "very mild" symptoms

Published On: November 29, 2021 12:35 PM NPT By: Reuters

JOHANNESBURG, Nov 29: A South African doctor who was one of the first to suspect a different coronavirus strain among patients said on Sunday that symptoms of the Omicron variant were so far mild and could be treated at home.

Omicron variant detected in more countries as scientists race to find answers

Published On: November 29, 2021 08:29 AM NPT By: Reuters

LONDON/AMSTERDAM, Nov 29: The Omicron coronavirus variant spread around the world on Sunday, with new cases found in the Netherlands, Denmark and Australia even as more countries imposed travel restriction to try to seal themselves off.

Novavax developing vaccine that targets new COVID-19 variant

Published On: November 28, 2021 03:10 PM NPT By: Reuters

Nov 26: Novavax Inc (NVAX.O) said on Friday it had started working on a version of its COVID-19 vaccine to target the variant detected in South Africa and would have the shot ready for testing and manufacturing in the next few weeks.

Explainer: How worried should we be about the Omicron variant?

Published On: November 28, 2021 12:50 PM NPT By: Reuters

Nov 28: The new Omicron coronavirus variant - identified first in South Africa, but also detected in Europe and Asia - is raising concern worldwide given the number of mutations, which might help it spread or even evade antibodies from prior infection or vaccination.

UK takes new measures to slow Omicron coronavirus variant

Published On: November 28, 2021 07:00 AM NPT By: Reuters

LONDON, Nov 28: Britain announced new measures on Saturday to try to slow the spread of the newly identified Omicron coronavirus variant and a top health official said there was a "reasonable chance" that vaccines could be less effective against it.

UK, Germany and Italy detect Omicron variant cases, Israel closes borders

Published On: November 28, 2021 06:35 AM NPT By: Reuters

LONDON/BERLIN/AMSTERDAM, Nov 28: Britain, Germany and Italy detected cases of the new Omicron coronavirus variant on Saturday and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced new steps to contain the virus, while more nations imposed restrictions on travel from southern Africa.

Australia sets out curbs for travellers from virus-hit southern Africa

Published On: November 27, 2021 08:18 PM NPT By: Reuters

MELBOURNE, Nov 27: Australia imposed new restrictions on Saturday on people who have been to nine southern African countries, as the new Omicron variant of COVID-19 raises concerns about another wave of the pandemic.

New COVID variant Omicron triggers global alarm, market sell-off

Published On: November 27, 2021 07:45 AM NPT By: Reuters

WASHINGTON/GENEVA, Nov 26: The discovery of a new coronavirus variant named Omicron triggered global alarm on Friday as countries rushed to suspend travel from southern Africa and stock markets on both sides of the Atlantic suffered their biggest falls in more than a year.

COVID cases break records in Europe, prompting booster shot expansion

Published On: November 25, 2021 10:47 AM NPT By: Reuters

BRUSSELS/PRAGUE, Nov 25: Coronavirus infections broke records in parts of Europe on Wednesday, with the continent once again the epicentre of a pandemic that has prompted new curbs on movement and seen health experts push to widen the use of booster vaccination shots.

NASA launches test mission of asteroid-deflecting spacecraft

Published On: November 24, 2021 03:48 PM NPT By: Reuters

LOS ANGELES, Nov 24: A spacecraft that must ultimately crash to succeed was launched late on Tuesday from California on a NASA mission to demonstrate the world's first planetary defense system, designed to deflect an asteroid from a potential doomsday collision with Earth.

Bharat's COVID-19 shot 50% effective at height of India infections - small study

Published On: November 24, 2021 03:32 PM NPT By: Reuters

BENGALURU, Nov 24: Bharat Biotech's vaccine was only 50% effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19 in a high-risk population during a devastating second wave of infections in India this year, data gleaned from hospital workers showed.

Experimental chewing gum may reduce virus spread; Booster shot protection may be longer lasting

Published On: November 23, 2021 04:25 PM NPT By: Reuters

Nov 23: 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.

Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine trial data shows long-term efficacy in adolescents

Published On: November 23, 2021 10:25 AM NPT By: Reuters

Nov 23: Pfizer Inc (PFE.N) said on Monday its COVID-19 vaccine provided strong long-term protection against the virus in a late-stage study conducted among adolescents aged 12 to 15 years.

Indian farmers in no mood to forgive despite Modi's U-turn on reforms

Published On: November 22, 2021 07:27 AM NPT By: Reuters

MOHRANIYA, India, Nov 22: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi may have caved in to farmers' demands that he scraps laws they say threaten their livelihoods.

‘It’s going to be scary but … fun’ – Cardi B on hosting American Music Awards

Published On: November 21, 2021 11:35 AM NPT By: Reuters

Rapper Cardi B said she’s scared but excited to host her first time when she presides over the American Music Awards on Sunday. The New York native said she knew the job would be a lot of work, but said she would check it out on her bucket list.

Ear-resistible Turkish cat Midas becomes internet sensation

Published On: November 21, 2021 11:32 AM NPT By: Reuters

Midas was born with two sets of ears and a defective jaw due to a genetic mutation, but this has not stopped the four-month-old Turkish cat from becoming an internet sensation with over 73,000 followers on social media.