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Rapid nose swab tests for COVID may not detect Omicron quickly enough -expert says

Published On: January 8, 2022 08:30 AM NPT By: Reuters

Jan 8: Swabbing the nose with a rapid antigen test will not reliably detect the Omicron variant in the first few days of an infection, so manufacturers should seek U.S. approval to allow users to safely collect samples from the throat as well, according to an infectious diseases expert.

Omicron may be less severe in young and old, but not 'mild' - WHO

Published On: January 7, 2022 07:30 AM NPT By: Reuters

Jan 7: The more infectious Omicron variant of COVID-19 appears to produce less severe disease than the globally dominant Delta strain, but should not be categorised as "mild", World Health Organization (WHO) officials said on Thursday.

Outcry as Australia bars Djokovic over vaccination status

Published On: January 6, 2022 11:12 AM NPT By: Reuters

MELBOURNE, Jan 6: World number one tennis player Novak Djokovic was denied entry into Australia on Thursday amid a storm of protest about a decision to grant him a medical exemption from COVID-19 vaccination requirements to play in the Australian Open.

India confirms first Omicron-related death as COVID-19 cases jump

Published On: January 6, 2022 07:47 AM NPT By: Reuters

NEW DELHI, Jan 6: A diabetic man who died in the western state of Rajasthan was India's first fatality from the Omicron COVID-19 variant, the health ministry said on Wednesday, adding that overall infections had doubled to 58,097 over the past four days.

Kazakhstan government resigns after violent protests over fuel price

Published On: January 5, 2022 01:05 PM NPT By: Reuters

ALMATY, Jan 5: Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev accepted the government's resignation on Wednesday, his office said, after a fuel price increase in the oil-rich Central Asian country triggered protests in which nearly 100 police were injured.

U.S. reports nearly 1 mln COVID-19 cases in a day, setting global record

Published On: January 5, 2022 12:39 PM NPT By: Reuters

Jan 5: The United States reported nearly 1 million new coronavirus infections on Monday, the highest daily tally of any country in the world and nearly double the previous U.S. peak set a week ago as the spread of the Omicron variant showed no signs of slowing.

Delhi imposes weekend curfew as COVID cases multiply, chief minister tests positive

Published On: January 4, 2022 05:46 PM NPT By: Reuters

NEW DELHI, Jan 4: Authorities in Delhi on Tuesday ordered people to stay home over coming weekends having seen COVID-19 cases quadruple in a week, with its chief minister saying he had caught the virus just a day after he addressed an election rally without a mask.

Omicron evades immunity better than Delta, Danish study finds

Published On: January 4, 2022 07:05 AM NPT By: Reuters

COPENHAGEN, Jan 4: The Omicron coronavirus variant is better at circumventing vaccinated peoples' immunity than the Delta variant, according to a Danish study published last week, helping explain why Omicron is spreading more rapidly.

Omicron-related disruptions cause over 4,000 flight cancellations to kick off 2022

Published On: January 3, 2022 07:28 AM NPT By: Reuters

Jan 3: Over 4,000 flights were cancelled around the world on Sunday, more than half of them U.S. flights, adding to the toll of holiday week travel disruptions due to adverse weather and the surge in coronavirus cases caused by the Omicron variant.

France sixth country with more than 10 mln COVID infections

Published On: January 2, 2022 08:26 AM NPT By: Reuters

PARIS, Jan 2: France became the sixth country in the world to report more than 10 million COVID-19 infections since the outbreak of the pandemic, according to official data published on Saturday.

Omicron hospitalisation risk around one third of Delta, UK analysis shows

Published On: January 1, 2022 08:03 AM NPT By: Reuters

LONDON, Jan 1: The risk of hospitalisation with the Omicron variant of coronavirus is about one-third that of the Delta variant, according to British analysis of more than a million cases of both types in recent weeks.

N.Korea's Kim talks food not nukes for 2022

Published On: January 1, 2022 07:45 AM NPT By: Reuters

SEOUL, Jan 1: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un capped off his 10th year in power with a speech that made more mention of tractor factories and school uniforms than nuclear weapons or the United States, according to summaries by state media on Saturday.

Pfizer's COVID-19 shot causes mostly mild side effects in young kids - U.S. CDC

Published On: December 31, 2021 09:20 AM NPT By: Reuters

Dec 31: Pfizer Inc (PFE.N) and BioNTech SE's COVID-19 vaccine caused mostly mild side effects in children aged 5 to 11 years, according to data published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday.

South Africa study suggests Omicron could displace Delta

Published On: December 29, 2021 12:30 PM NPT By: Reuters

Dec 29: Research by South African scientists suggests that Omicron could displace the Delta variant of the coronavirus because infection with the new variant boosts immunity to the older one.

India boosts arsenal against COVID-19 with Merck pill, two more vaccines

Published On: December 29, 2021 07:45 AM NPT By: Reuters

BENGALURU, Dec 29: India has approved Merck's (MRK.N) COVID-19 pill and two more vaccines for emergency use as the world's second most populous country braces for a possible spike in coronavirus cases due to the rapidly spreading Omicron variant.

India to give COVID-19 booster shots to healthcare workers from Jan. 10

Published On: December 26, 2021 07:24 AM NPT By: Reuters

NEW DELHI, Dec 26: India will start administering COVID-19 booster shots as a precautionary measure to healthcare and frontline workers from Jan. 10, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday, as cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant rose across the country.

UK sets new record for COVID cases as Omicron sweeps London

Published On: December 25, 2021 11:30 AM NPT By: Reuters

LONDON, Dec 24: Britain reported another day of record COVID-19 cases on Friday, with new estimates showing swathes of London's population are carrying the virus, underlining the relentless advance of the Omicron variant.

Thousands of flights canceled globally as Omicron mars Christmas weekend

Published On: December 25, 2021 07:25 AM NPT By: Reuters

NEW YORK, Dec 25: Commercial airlines around the world canceled more than 4,500 flights over the Christmas weekend, as a mounting wave of COVID-19 infections driven by the Omicron variant created greater uncertainty and misery for holiday travelers.

AstraZeneca vaccine booster works against Omicron, Oxford lab study finds

Published On: December 24, 2021 07:30 AM NPT By: Reuters

Dec 24: A three-dose course of AstraZeneca's (AZN.L) COVID-19 vaccine is effective against the rapidly-spreading Omicron coronavirus variant, the pharmaceutical company said on Thursday, citing data from an Oxford University lab study.

India's Modi calls meeting of state chiefs on fighting Omicron variant

Published On: December 23, 2021 02:54 PM NPT By: Reuters

NEW DELHI, Dec 23: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to hold discussions with state chiefs on Thursday on containing the possible surge of Omicron cases ahead of the festive season, as gatherings in public spaces and markets gain momentum.