The figure has grown since late June, as the BA.4 and BA.5 strains became dominant since they can evade immune protection, whether from vaccination or prior infection, while some experts say the latter can be as infectious as measles.
Indian megacities Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata are experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases, although without a corresponding rise in hospitalisations, but fears are growing about a spread to rural areas in coming days.
Thousands of flights within the US and internationally were delayed or cancelled on Friday, adding to the travel disruptions during the holiday week due to adverse weather and rising cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant.
It is tempting to confuse the surge in Covid-19 cases across countries, from South Africa to Europe, to India and China, as the result of the new variant, which in World Health Organisation’s (WHO) terminology means a ‘variant of concern’ (VOC), which was first detected in Botswana
Kuwait embassy also called on citizens to stick with Kuwaiti foreign ministry's recommendations to postpone coming to the UK due to mounting Omicron cases.
The new Omicron variant is driving a spiral in infections not just in South Africa, but in other parts of the world as well. Seventy-seven countries have now reported cases of Omicron. This has raised alarm bells, particularly in the
‘Panic’ in Britain as Omicron crisis bites ahead of Christmas; Dutch royals apologise over birthday party breaching virus rules; Souht Korea reimposes curbs; EU agency backs Pfizer pill for emergency use.
WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan said that the variant was successfully evading some immune responses, meaning that the booster programmes being rolled out in many countries ought to be targeted towards people with weaker immune systems.
Omicron appears to be better at evading antibodies generated by some COVID-19 vaccines but there are other forms of immunity that may prevent infection and disease, WHO officials said.
The Omicron variant of COVID-19 is posing a severe threat to mankind again. It brings back memories of the draconian lockdown days, when all of us were immensely inconvenienced. The Netherlands is going into strict lockdown from
It’s a déjà vu moment now. 2020 is back. In fact 2021 is the new 2020. Lockdowns are being reimposed in several countries due to the Omicron variant; France has banned British tourists; parties and Christmas celebrations in Britain and some European