Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) | January 28, 2022 7:51:18 AM ISTKerala Health Minister Veena George on Thursday said that most of the positive COVID-19 samples, sent for the genome sequencing, are being tested positive for the Omicron variant of the virus while there are fewer Delta variant samples.... read..
Beijing | January 27, 2022 2:21:41 PM ISTModerna, an American pharmaceutical and biotechnology company based in Cambridge on Wednesday (local time) announced that it has begun clinical trials of a booster dose of a vaccine designed specifically to combat the Omicron variant of COVID-19.... read..
Wisconsin | January 27, 2022 2:20:54 PM ISTA new study has found the drugs behind the new pills to treat COVID-19 remain very effective against the Omicron variant of the virus in lab tests.... read..
Asia | January 27, 2022 9:50:28 AM ISTDubai [UAE], January 27 (ANI/Sputnik): The UAE National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) announced it will lift on January 29 entry restrictions imposed in November 2021 on travellers from 12 African countries, from which the new... read..
Europe | January 27, 2022 2:20:22 AM ISTOttawa [Canada], January 27 (ANI/Xinhua): Canada has found 51 cases of a new Omicron subvariant known as BA.2 mainly from international travelers, according to local media CTV on Wednesday.... read..
New Delhi | January 26, 2022 2:20:53 PM ISTAlthough COVID-19 cases are showing a downward trend in the big cities, the ICU admissions and deaths are being driven by patients with comorbidities, people who are immunocompromised, and the aged.... read..
Washington | January 26, 2022 4:50:47 PM ISTA team of scientists has found the precise structural changes in the spike protein of the Omicron variant of COVID-19.... read..
By Shalini BhardwajNew Delhi | January 26, 2022 2:20:58 PM ISTThe latest study conducted by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) shows that antibodies generated by Omicron, a COVID-19 strain, are not only effective against it but also other variants of concern (VOCs) including Delta.... read..
Yangon |Tuesday, 2022 9:15:08 AM ISTMyanmar recorded 37 more Covid-19 cases of the Omicron variant, bringing the total tally of confirmed Omicron cases to 183, according to a release from its Ministry of Health.... read..
Washington | January 25, 2022 11:20:25 AM ISTFashion designer Tom Ford has cancelled his Fall 2020 runway show at the New York Fashion Week amid the surge in COVID-19 cases spurred by the Omicron variant.... read..
London |Tuesday, 2022 9:15:08 PM ISTThe Omicron variant of Covid is highly contagious but is known to cause less severe disease than Delta. This is after being better at escaping immune protection by vaccinations and previous infections. However, the reasons for this have so far remained el... read..
Frankfurt | January 25, 2022 7:20:18 PM ISTThe Omicron variant replaced the Delta variant as the dominant COVID-19 variant in the world, starting from late 2021 to early 2022. But, the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant caused less severe disease than Delta, although it was better at escaping immune prote... read..
Washington |Monday, 2022 9:15:09 AM ISTAnthony Fauci, top US infectious disease expert, has said he is confident that most states in the country will reach a peak of Omicron infection cases by mid-February.... read..
Asia | January 24, 2022 9:20:29 AM ISTIn reporting its latest operating data, Singapore Airlines (SIA), co-owner of Gurgaon-based Vistara airlines, revealed that it carried 600,000 passengers in December, nearly doubled the number of passengers it carried a month ago. This is ten times higher... read..
New York |Monday, 2022 1:45:08 AM ISTTwo new studies, not yet peer-reviewed, have shown immune evasion is the reason behind the Omicron variant's increased transmissibility.... read..
New Delhi |Monday, 2022 3:45:08 AM ISTCovid's Omicron variant is now in community transmission stage in India, the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) said in its latest bulletin on Sunday, noting become dominant in multiple metros, where new cases have been rising exponentially.... read..
Kathmandu |Monday, 2022 7:15:08 AM ISTThe Omicron variant of the coronavirus is now driving daily cases to surge in Nepal, accounting for 88 per cent of the samples tested recently, the country's Ministry of Health and Population has said.... read..
Lucknow |Monday, 2022 8:45:09 PM ISTThe CSIR-Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI) has developed an indigenous RT-PCR diagnostic kit, called 'Om', for testing the new Omicron variant of Covid-19.... read..
Dhaka |Monday, 2022 9:45:08 AM ISTThe Omicron variant of Covid-19 is driving a huge spike in fresh infections in Bangladesh, a senior official has said.... read..
Canberra |Monday, 2022 8:15:08 PM ISTAustralia on Monday approved Novavax for people aged 18 and over, making it the fourth Covid-19 vaccine to be approved for use in the country after AstraZeneca, Moderna and Pfizer amid the continued battle against the Omicron-fuelled pandemic.... read..
Brussels |Monday, 2022 8:45:09 PM ISTEven as Omicron has been showing signs of peaking, some European countries are seeing the rise of Omicron subvariant BA.2, sparking concern among the scientific community.... read..
Wellington |Monday, 2022 7:45:08 AM ISTNew Zealand recorded 24 new community cases of Covid-19, said the Ministry of Health in a statement.... read..
By Shalini BhardwajNew Delhi | January 23, 2022 3:20:39 PM ISTThe Omicron variant of COVID-19 is in the community transmission stage in India and it has also become dominant in multiple metros, where new cases have been rising exponentially, said Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) in its weekly bulletin... read..
New York |Sunday, 2022 7:45:07 AM ISTThe Omicron Covid-19 variant has been forcing more US schools to go virtual with its short span of incubation and ability to evade antivirals, while the country sustains its fight against this tough foe with free masks, tests and an accentuation on vaccin... read..
Wellington | January 23, 2022 9:50:08 AM ISTNew Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Sunday informed that she has canceled her wedding amid a new wave of Omicron cases in the country.... read..
Jakarta |Sunday, 2022 10:15:08 AM ISTIndonesia's Health Ministry confirmed the first two deaths from the Omicron coronavirus variant amid a spike in cases triggered by the more infectious virus.... read..
Wellington | January 23, 2022 10:20:38 AM ISTNew Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Sunday informed that she has canceled her wedding amid a new wave of Omicron cases in the country.... read..
Wellington |Sunday, 2022 3:15:08 PM ISTNew Zealand will move to 'Red Light' settings from 11.59 p.m. on Sunday due to cases of the Covid-19 Omicron variant detected in the community, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced here.... read..
Mumbai |Sunday, 2022 5:15:07 AM ISTA day after Covid-19 cases scaled a new high above 48,000 mark, Omicron infections set a new record with Mumbai notching the maximum cases of the variant and deaths remained in double-digits, health officials said here on Saturday.... read..
New York |Sunday, 2022 7:15:08 PM ISTThe presence of a large number of mutations, and more than 30 on its spike protein makes antibodies ineffective against the Omicron variant of Covid-19, shows a study.... read..
New Delhi |Sunday, 2022 7:45:11 PM ISTThe new Covid variant Omicron has reached in community transmission level in India, said Indian SARS-CoV-2 Consortium on Genomics (INSACOG) on Sunday.... read..
By Shalini BhardwajNew Delhi | January 23, 2022 9:50:51 PM ISTThe Omicron variant driven wave of COVID-19 will now turn to small towns and villages in the coming few weeks after its transmission in metro cities as each time a wave follows this trend, said Dr Rajeev Jayadevan who is advising COVID-19 task force at IM... read..
By Shalini BhardwajNew Delhi | January 23, 2022 2:52:29 PM ISTThe Omicron variant of COVID-19 is in the community transmission stage in India and it has also become dominant in multiple metros, where new cases have been rising exponentially, said Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) in its weekly bulletin... read..
New Delhi |Saturday, 2022 4:45:08 PM ISTMillions of people in 48 countries have received two shots of Sinovac, a Chinese-manufactured Covid-19 vaccine, but those vaccinations alone are of no help against the Omicron variant, a peer-reviewed study published in Nature Medicine has said.... read..
Mumbai |Saturday, 2022 5:15:08 AM ISTMaharashtra Covid-19 cases scaled a new high above 48,000 mark and Omicron infections also increased while deaths continued to remain in double-digits, health officials said here on Friday.... read..
Toronto |Saturday, 2022 6:45:08 PM ISTAn Indian-origin researcher at University of British Columbia (UBC) has created the world's first molecular-level structural analysis of the Omicron variant spike protein.... read..
New York |Saturday, 2022 7:15:08 PM ISTThree doses of mRNA Covid-19 vaccines, either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna, are effective in protecting against emergency department visits (ED) and hospitalisations associated with Omicron and Delta variations of the virus, claims a new study.... read..
London |Saturday, 2022 6:15:07 PM ISTA new form of Omicron named BA.2 has been designated a "variant under investigation", with 426 cases of the Covid-19 strain's sub-lineage confirmed in Britain, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said.... read..
By Shalini BhardwajNew Delhi | January 21, 2022 9:49:58 PM ISTDelhi is reporting a ten-time lesser number of hospitalisations in the Omicron-driven wave of COVID-19 as compared to the second wave, informed Dr Dhiren Gupta, Paediatric Pulmonologist at Sir Gangaram Hospital in Delhi on Friday.... read..
New Delhi |Friday, 2022 8:45:08 PM ISTA new research on Omicron-infected patients suggests that the current Covid wave, driven by the new strain, appears to cause less severe illness and even provide protection against the deadlier Delta variant.... read..
Copenhagen |Friday, 2022 3:45:08 PM ISTA fact sheet addressing "speculation, assumptions and misinformation being communicated about the Omicron Covid-19 variant" was released by the World Health Organization's (WHO) Regional Office for Europe in Copenhagen.... read..
Seoul |Friday, 2022 1:15:08 PM ISTSouth Korea's daily coronavirus cases stayed over 6,000 for a second straight day on Friday amid concerns over the spread of the omicron variant ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday.... read..
Mumbai |Friday, 2022 4:45:07 AM ISTMaharashtras daily Covid-19 numbers again shot above the 46,000-mark on Thursday though Omicron cases declined to remain in the 100-plus range, while deaths continued to be in double-digits, health officials said here on Thursday.... read..
New Delhi |Friday, 2022 3:45:07 AM ISTThe Sputnik V vaccine has demonstrated strong protection against Omicron variant, with over 2 times higher virus neutralising activity compared to the Pfizer vaccinea, ccording to a study conducted by the Spallanzani Institute in Italy in collaboration wi... read..
New Delhi |Friday, 2022 1:15:08 AM ISTPeople below 60 years of age with no comorbidities, infected by the Omicron variant of Covid-19, can begin their treatment with paracetamol, Dr Shashank Joshi, member of Maharashtra's Covid task force, said.... read..
Warsaw |Thursday, 2022 1:45:09 PM ISTPoland has reported 30,586 new Covid-19 infections, the highest number since the spring of last year.... read..
Europe | January 20, 2022 2:20:07 AM ISTThe Hague [Netherlands], January 20 (ANI/Xinhua): A vaccine adapted to the Omicron variant of COVID-19 could be available in the Netherlands by the end of April, Dutch Health Minister Ernst Kuipers wrote on Wednesday in a letter to the parliament.... read..
New Delhi | January 20, 2022 6:21:04 PM ISTRussia's COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik V has demonstrated strong protection against the Omicron variant of the virus compared to the Pfizer vaccine, according to a study conducted at the Spallanzani Institute in Italy in collaboration with investors in the Spu... read..
London |Thursday, 2022 10:45:08 PM ISTA third 'booster' dose of Covid-19 vaccine successfully raises antibody levels that neutralise the Omicron variant, according to laboratory findings.... read..
Europe | January 20, 2022 10:50:38 PM ISTBerlin [Germany], January 20 (ANI/Xinhua): Germany's seven-day COVID-19 incidence rate exceeded 600 for the first time as 638.8 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants were recorded, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases said on Thursday.... read..
Asia | January 20, 2022 11:20:33 PM ISTYangon [Myanmar], January 20 (ANI/Xinhua): The number of Omicron cases has risen to 146 after 28 new cases were reported in Myanmar, according to a statement from the Ministry of Health on Thursday.... read..