KATHMANDU, Oct 29: The government has urged people to be cautious since the sub-variant XBB of Omicron variant has been detected in Nepal.

CHICAGO, Feb 1: The highly transmissible Omicron variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus - the most common form of which is known as BA.1 - now accounts for nearly all of the coronavirus infections globally, although dramatic surges in COVID cases have already peaked in some countries.

KATHMANDU, Jan 17: The government has issued an order for the control and prevention of the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic along with the emergence of new Omicron variant, said spokesperson for the government and Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Gyanendra Bahadur Karki.

NEW DELHI, Jan 9: India reported 141,986 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, the most since the end of May, as the Omicron variant of the coronavirus overtakes the Delta version in the cities.

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.

The Grammy Awards were postponed Wednesday weeks before the planned Los Angeles ceremony over what organizers called “too many risks” from the omicron variant, signaling what could be the start of another year of pandemic upheaval for awards season.

KATHMANDU, Dec 25: Nepal has been recording as many as 200 to 280 cases a day with at least one death recorded daily. So far, the country has recorded 826,901 cases of COVID-19 and 11,582 deaths from the virus, as of Saturday. Likewise, 810,271 people have recovered.

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.

KATHMANDU, Dec 22: Nepal has recorded yet another case of the omicron variant. Spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Population, Sangita Kaushal Mishra reported that the third case of the new omicron variant has been detected in the country, at a press briefing on Wednesday.

GENEVA, Dec 11: The numbers of nurses around the world are falling further just as the Omicron coronavirus spreads, and there is a also an imbalance as Western countries step up recruitment of healthcare workers from African and other poorer countries, the International Council of Nurses said on Friday.

ATLANTA, Dec 9: More than 40 people in the U.S. have been found to be infected with the omicron variant so far, and more than three-quarters of them had been vaccinated, the chief of the CDC said Wednesday. But she said nearly all of them were only mildly ill.

BENGALURU, Dec 3: India reported its first two cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant on Thursday but the government said it had no immediate plan to authorise booster vaccine shots despite demands from lawmakers.

BAITADI, Dec 2: The Sudur Paschim Province has launched preventive measures against the possible spread of the 'Omicron' variant of COVID-19.

BIRATNAGAR, Dec 2: With the discovery of cases of a new variant of the coronavirus in India, panic has spread in the border areas of Nepal.

LONDON, Nov 28:  The new potentially more contagious omicron variant of the coronavirus popped up in more European countries on Saturday, just days after being identified in South Africa, leaving governments around the world scrambling to stop the spread.