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COVID very much around us, rapid change in Omicron sublineage circulating: Top expert

By Shalini Bhardwaj

New Delhi | August 31, 2022 8:57:53 PM IST
Dr NK Arora, Chairman of the COVID working group, National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI), on Wednesday said that COVID-19 is still around us and quite a significant transmission of viruses is going on.... read..
 

Russia develops Delta & Omicron-adapted Sputnik V vaccine

Moscow | August 23, 2022 3:59:03 PM IST
Russia's Gamaleya National Research Center of Epidemiology and Microbiology (Gamaleya Center) and the Russian Direct Investment Fund announced the development of the Sputnik V vaccine specifically adapted against Delta and Omicron variants of coronavirus.... read..
 

Reinfection with Omicron more common than thought: Study

London |Thursday, 2022 1:15:09 AM IST
The incidence of reinfection from the Omicron variant of Covid-19 is more common than previously thought, according to a study in Iceland.... read..
 

LNJP study finds Omicron sub-variant BA 2.75 is the dominant strain in Delhi

New Delhi | August 13, 2022 6:00:29 PM IST
Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan (LNJP) Hospital Medical Director Dr Suresh Kumar on Saturday said that Omicron sub-variant BA 2.75 is the dominant variant in Delhi having been found in a majority of cases.... read..
 

Omicron strains 20-30 per cent more infectious: INSACOG to meet to review data of genomic surveillance of COVID-19 variants

New Delhi | August 12, 2022 1:29:37 AM IST
Amid rising COVID cases in the national capital and other States, the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) will review the data of genomic surveillance of COVID-19 variants on Friday, said sources.... read..
 

Omicron strains 20-30 pc more infectious: INSACOG to review data of genomic surveillance of COVID variants

New Delhi | August 12, 2022 1:29:28 AM IST
Amid rising COVID cases in the national capital and other States, the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) will review the data of genomic surveillance of COVID-19 variants on Friday, said sources.... read..
 

Omicron, sub-lineages circulating predominantly in India: Sources

By Shalini Bhardwaj

New Delhi | August 6, 2022 12:56:37 PM IST
The Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG), in a weekly meeting, reviewed the data of genomic surveillance of variants and found that at present, Omicron and its sub-lineages are the predominant mutataions that are circulating in India.... read..
 

BA.5 strain of Omicron found in Fijian community: official

Others | July 26, 2022 4:27:05 PM IST
Suva [Fiji], July 26 (ANI/Xinhua): Fiji's Permanent Secretary for Health James Fong said Tuesday that the BA.5 strain of Omicron was found in the Fijian community.... read..
 

Omicron sub-variant BA.2.75 not dangerous as 'hyped': Experts

New Delhi |Wednesday, 2022 1:15:10 AM IST
The latest Omicron sub-variant BA.2.75, first detected in India in June, is not dangerous as "hyped" as it is not surging cases or death rates, according to global health experts.... read..
 

New study finds out why Omicron variant is highly transmissible

Washington | July 20, 2022 8:27:16 AM IST
A study comparing four variants of SARS-CoV-2 shows how the Omicron variant is adept at entering cells and escaping neutralization from existing vaccines or prior infection, potentially contributing to the variant's high transmissibility.... read..
 

Elderly Chinese neglected by authorities amid new Omicron variant threat

Beijing | July 7, 2022 3:26:31 PM IST
Elderly Chinese people are being neglected by the authorities despite the detection of the new Omicron subvariant recently in the country.... read..
 

New Covid Omicron sub-variant found in India: WHO

Geneva | July 7, 2022 10:25:38 AM IST
A new sub-variant BA.2.75 of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 has been detected in various countries including India, World Health Organisation Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.... read..
 

China: Xian under lockdown after city reports first cases of new Omicron subvariant

Beijing | July 6, 2022 11:55:59 PM IST
China on Wednesday enforced a lockdown in Xian, home to 13 million people after the city reported the first cases of a new Omicron subvariant.... read..
 

Omicron sublineage BA.2.75 has limited circulation in India: Sources

By Shalini Bhardwaj

New Delhi | July 5, 2022 8:57:29 PM IST
The highly transmissible sub-variant of Omicron, BA.2.75 has limited circulation in India, said official sources.... read..
 

New Zealand detects Omicron subvariant BA.2.75 for first time

Pacific | July 5, 2022 12:56:13 PM IST
Wellington [New Zealand], July 5 (ANI/Xinhua): The Omicron subvariant BA.2.75 has been detected in New Zealand for the first time as the country recorded 9,629 new community cases of COVID-19 and 24 more deaths, the Ministry of Health said on Tuesday.... read..
 

Omicron sub-variants may target lungs, evade vax and prior infection: Studies

London |Friday, 2022 1:45:09 AM IST
The rising cases of Covid, in the UK, the US and some European countries, as well as in India, majorly driven by BA.2, BA.4, and BA.5 sub-variants of Omicron, suggest it may have evolved to target the lungs, according to a study.... read..
 

Omicron's BA-5 sub-variant may be behind TN's rising Covid cases: Govt

Chennai |Thursday, 2022 4:15:09 AM IST
The presence of Omicron's BA-5 sub-variant may be the reason for the sudden spike in cases in Tamil Nadu, the state Public Health and Preventive Medicine Department, said in its data for May-June.... read..
 

BA.4, BA.5 Omicron strains may drive new global Covid wave

New Delhi |Saturday, 2022 1:15:09 AM IST
Several countries including India, the UK, US, and Australia are seeing an uptick in Covid cases majorly driven by Omicron sub-variants BA.4, BA.5, according to media reports.... read..
 

INSACOG finds COVID-19's Omicron sub-lineages BA.2, BA.2.38 have caused spike in cases: Sources

New Delhi | June 18, 2022 4:26:13 PM IST
India's COVID genome sequencing facility, the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) on Friday has reviewed the genomic surveillance data, where they have found that Omicron sub-lineages majorly BA.2, BA.2.38 and in some parts of the country BA.4... read..
 

Covaxin booster shot enhances efficacy against Delta, Omicron variants of COVID-19: Study

New Delhi | June 15, 2022 1:55:25 PM IST
A study showed that administration of Covaxin booster dose will enhance the vaccine effectiveness against the Delta variant infection and give protection against two Omicron variants of COVID-19.... read..
 

US facing double whammy: Omicron variants' spread & fuel prices' unrelenting rise

New York |Tuesday, 2022 4:45:09 AM IST
The United States is facing a double whammy -- Covid 19s sub-variants B4, BA5 have hit the country as predicted by scientists with 100,000 new coronavirus cases being registered each day. Fuel prices are ascending every day to anything between $5 to $5.99... read..
 

Russian health watchdog detects Omicron subvariant BA.4 in population

Europe | June 12, 2022 12:56:00 PM IST
Moscow [Russia], June 12 (ANI/Sputnik): A more contagious subvariant of the COVID-19 Omicron strain has slipped into Russia, a senior official at the national consumer health watchdog Rospotrebnadzor said.... read..
 

12 cases of Omicron subvariants detected in Tamil Nadu

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) | June 6, 2022 6:55:41 AM IST
As many as 12 people tested positive for the new subvariants of COVID BA.4 and BA.5 in Tamil Nadu, as per state Health Minister M Subramanian.... read..
 

Philippines detects 2 cases of Omicron sub-variant BA.5

Asia | June 3, 2022 3:27:57 PM IST
Manila [Philippines], June 3 (ANI/Xinhua): The Philippines has detected COVID-19 Omicron sub-variant BA.5 from two people in the same household in a province north of the capital, an official from the Philippine Department of Health (DOH) said on Friday.... read..
 

BA.4, BA.5 are quite mild, behaving like other Omicron sub-variants: Expert

By Shalini Bhardwaj

New Delhi | May 31, 2022 10:54:09 PM IST
As India has been witnessing the subvariants of Omicron, Dr Tarun Kumar Sahni, Internal medicine and hyperbaric Oxygen therapist at Indraprastha Apollo hospital on Tuesday clarified that the BA.4 and BA.5 sublineages are quite "mild" because they are beha... read..
 

First cases of Omicron's B.A. 4, B.A.5 sub-variants detected in Maharashtra

New Delhi |Sunday, 2022 2:45:10 AM IST
Maharashtra on Saturday reported its first Covid case of the BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants of Covid's Omicron strain.... read..
 

Contact tracing intensified after Omicron subvariants BA.4, BA.5 detected, says expert

By Shalini Bhardwaj

New Delhi | May 25, 2022 6:55:29 PM IST
After the detection of Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 in India, the government has intensified contact tracing said a health expert on Wednesday.... read..
 

Sputnik V demonstrates strong protection against Omicron variant: Study

Moscow | May 25, 2022 6:24:43 PM IST
Gamaleya National Research Center of Epidemiology and Microbiology on Wednesday said that Sputnik V demonstrated strong protection against Omicron variant of COVID-19.... read..
 

Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 variants of COVID-19 will not lead to surge in cases but stay vigilant, says Expert

By Shalini Bhardwaj

New Delhi | May 24, 2022 4:54:32 PM IST
After India witnessed cases of the sub-variants of Omicron, Dr Rajeev Jayadevan, co-chairman of the Indian Medical Association's national task force on Tuesday said that these newly-detected sub-lineages will not cause a surge in infections but people sti... read..
 

'More Contagious' Omicron subtype BA.4 detected in China, zero-covid policy miserably fails

Beijing | May 23, 2022 9:53:39 PM IST
China reported the first case of a COVID-19 infection caused by the Omicron BA.4 variant, which was imported, according to an epidemiological survey by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.... read..
 

INSACOG confirms first case of BA.4, BA.5 Omicron subvariants of COVID-19 in India

New Delhi | May 22, 2022 10:24:59 PM IST
First case of BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants of Omicron variant of COVID-19 have been found in Tamil Nadu and Telangana respectively, confirmed the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) on Sunday.... read..
 

Tamil Nadu reports BA.4 sub-variant of Omicron, claims State Health Minister

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) | May 21, 2022 3:56:23 PM IST
India's first case of BA.4 sub-variant of Omicron from Tamil Nadu on Saturday, claims Tamil Nadu Health Minister Ma Subramanian.... read..
 

INSACOG confirms first case of Omicron subvariant BA.4 in India

By Shalini Bhardwaj

New Delhi | May 20, 2022 7:24:58 PM IST
India's first case of BA.4 subvariant of the Omicron strain of coronavirus was detected in Hyderabad through a genomic surveillance program, informed sources on Friday.... read..
 

Omicron smashes North Korea's 'safety vacuum', 820,000 COVID-19 cases reported

Pyongyang | May 15, 2022 8:54:13 AM IST
North Korea reported 15 new death from "fever" in the last 24 hours, taking the total tally of the deaths in the country to 42 in just three days, media reported on Sunday.... read..
 

North Korea reports first case of Covid-19 Omicron variant

Seoul | May 12, 2022 9:23:32 AM IST
North Korea on Thursday reported its first case of COVID-19 Omicron variant and put in place a "maximum emergency" virus control system in the country with leader Kim Jong Un vowing to "eliminate" the virus, state media reported.... read..
 

Pakistan reports 1st case of COVID-19 Omicron sub-variant BA.2.12.1

Islamabad | May 10, 2022 1:54:03 AM IST
Pakistan on Monday reported the first case of COVID-19 Omicron sub-variant BA.2.12.1.... read..
 

New Zealand reports first Omicron BA.5 variant

Pacific | May 8, 2022 11:27:12 AM IST
Wellington [New Zealand], May 8 (ANI/Xinhua): New Zealand reported its first case of Omicron BA.5 variant at the border amid 12,392 community cases during the weekend, said the Ministry of Health in a statement on Sunday.... read..
 

Global air cargo demand drops over Russia-Ukraine war, Omicron concerns

New Delhi | May 4, 2022 6:53:36 PM IST
A decline in global air cargo markets was witnessed in the month of March, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) data showed amid COVID variant Omicron's influence in Asia and the Russia-Ukraine war that is leading to a challenging operationa... read..
 

New Zealand reports first Omicron BA.4 variant

| May 1, 2022 2:23:31 PM IST
Wellington [New Zealand], May 1 (ANI/Xinhua): New Zealand reported its first case of Omicron BA.4 variant at the border amid 12,699 community cases during the weekend, said the Ministry of Health on Sunday.... read..
 

Philippines detects first case of Omicron sub-variant BA.2.12

Asia | April 27, 2022 7:23:30 PM IST
Manila [Philippines], April 27 (ANI/Sputnik): The Philippines has detected the first Omicron sub-variant BA.2.12 in a 52-year-old Finnish female who arrived in the country on April 2, the Philippines' Department of Health (DOH) said on Wednesday.... read..
 

Beijing tests 20 million residents amid Omicron outbreak

Beijing |Wednesday, 2022 3:15:09 AM IST
Beijing has rolled out mass Covid testing for nearly 20 million residents in most of the city, as authorities race to contain a fresh Omicron outbreak that has sparked panic buying amid fears of a Shanghai style lockdown, the media reported.... read..
 

New Omicron sub-variant seen behind surge in Delhi's Covid cases

New Delhi |Friday, 2022 2:45:09 AM IST
A new Omicron sub variant may be the reason behind the sudden surge of Covid cases in Delhi, which witnessed over 60 per cent rise in fresh Covid cases on Wednesday at 1,009 cases.... read..
 

New versions of Omicron that may outpace BA.2 found

New York |Thursday, 2022 2:15:08 AM IST
Scientists have found 21 viral offspring linked with BA.2 that may outpace the most successful subvariant of Omicron variant so far.... read..
 

Moderna's new Covid vax more effective against Omicron than other shots

New York |Thursday, 2022 1:45:10 AM IST
Moderna has developed a new version of its Covid-19 vaccine which has shown promise against Omicron variant much more than existing shots.... read..
 

COVID-19: Possibility of new variants of Omicron in Delhi

By Shalini Bhardwaj

New Delhi | April 21, 2022 4:52:39 PM IST
With the latest spike of more than 1000 COVID-19 cases in the national capital in a single day, the health experts believed that possibilities of new variants of the Omicron are emerging and they are being sequenced.... read..
 

Top scientist feels closure of schools not imperative as Omicron is mild than other COVID-19 variants

By Shalini Bhardwaj

New Delhi | April 20, 2022 8:25:08 PM IST
With the rising concerns around the safety of students amid the fear of possible another fourth wave due to the surge in COVID-19 cases, the top scientist clarified that the Omicron is mild than other variants and it will be unjustified to shut down schoo... read..
 

XE variant just another form of Omicron, detected in Jan also: Mandaviya

New Delhi |Wednesday, 2022 1:15:10 AM IST
The new XE variant of Covid is just another form of Omicron, and its case was detected in January also before recently being found in Gujarat, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said on Tuesday.... read..
 

Mumbai man, 67, confirmed as first Omicron XE case

Mumbai |Sunday, 2022 1:15:09 AM IST
It's official. The first case of coronavirus variant Omicron XE has been detected in Mumbai, and confirmed by the NCDC, Delhi, officials said on Saturday.... read..
 

Covid variant worse than Omicron in next 2 years: UK epidemiologist

London |Friday, 2022 1:15:10 AM IST
There is a "high chance" that a new Covid variant which is worse than Omicron will emerge in the next two years, England's chief medical officer, Chris Whitty has warned.... read..
 

Threat of Omicron has not gone away from India: Health Ministry

New Delhi | March 21, 2022 11:22:37 PM IST
As the country reels under the prevalence of the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, Union Health Ministry's Joint Secretary Lav Agarwal on Monday said that the threat of the Omicron variant has not gone away from India adding that the country has done a... read..
 

Covid-19: Myanmar logs 31 cases of Omicron sub-variant

Asia | March 18, 2022 11:22:21 PM IST
Yangon [Myanmar], March 18 (ANI/Xinhua): Myanmar confirmed its first batch of 31 cases of the COVID-19 Omicron variant's BA.2 sub-lineage on Friday, the Ministry of Health said.... read..
 
 
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