Top health experts warn of looming Omicron wave in United States

Delta variant continues to wreak havoc across USA. Top health experts have also warned of a looming Omicron wave that could sweep across the US.

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Parts of Europe go into lockdown as Omicron cases surge

Parts of Europe are once again going into a lockdown mode because of the surge in cases due to the spread of the Omicron variant. This is the second…

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Omicron found to spread at faster pace compared to other COVID variants

As the world grapples with Omicron, the WHO has warned the nations about the threat of the new variant. Omicron has been found to be spread at a…

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WHO: Omicron cases doubling at a faster pace, severity yet to be studied

As the world grapples with Omicron, the WHO has warned the nations about the threat of the new variant. Omicron has been found to be spread at a…

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Israel all set to expand no-fly list amid Omicron scare

The Israel government add 10 new countries to the list of destinations designated “red” due to high COVID-19 infections rates, as Israel braces for a…

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India reports 50k less COVID-19 cases; 614 deaths in 24 hours

India's southern state of Kerala reported 26,514 new coronavirus cases with 13 deaths in 24 hours.

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Online education 'woefully inadequate', teachers fail to make emotional connect: Study

Long-term school closures have ramifications that went beyond education, including increased child exploitation and social and emotional problems.

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Fall in Omicron cases: Early signs of Covid heading towards ‘endgame’, say experts

Experts from WHO's regional offices in Europe and Africa and US’ top scientist Anthony Fauci expressed optimism over falling Covid cases, but cautioned against 'overconfidence'

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What designers have been doing at home during the pandemic

The pandemic has seen a number of design professionals taking on DIY projects, sometimes with spectacular results
 

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COVID-19: Is Omicron 'sub-variant' BA.2 a threat in India? More than 400 cases found in England

UKHSA has also indicated the latest variant has been detected in some 40 other countries, which is resulting in the rise in the number of recent cases

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Has third wave of coronavirus peaked in India? Find several answers

The seven-day average of cases in cities, such as Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai, show a clear decline. It appears that this wave has peaked in the four largest cities of the country. Now, the…

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New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern cancels her wedding after emergence of Omicron cases, announces restrictions

On being asked about how she felt while setting up the measures that ended her planned nuptials, she said, "Such is life"

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Omicron wave may have peaked in Canada, says top health official

The average case count has decreased by 28 per cent compared with the previous week, said Canada’s chief public health officer Dr Theresa Tam

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After Beijing's action, US suspends more than 40 passenger flights to China operated by Chinese carriers

Amid a rise in COVID-19 cases, the Chinese capital has already suspended thousands of flights

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Pakistan using 80% of COVID-19 testing kits of substandard quality: Report

As per the report, Pakistan has imported Covid diagnostic kits from China, Turkey, the US and several European countries

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Remote Pacific island which had only 2 two cases until now goes into lockdown

On Tuesday, the government confirmed that 36 of the 54 passengers had tested positive

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Rio de Janeiro postpones Carnival parades as Omicron cases spike

The parade is a major tourist attraction for Rio. Tens of thousands of audience watch the parade live while tens of millions of people watch it from home

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Taiwan sees a surge in Covid cases ahead of Lunar New Year

Taiwan’s centre for disease control, on Saturday, reported 82 domestic cases. Out of this, 63 were found at the Taoyuan factory in the first round of testing

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Will COVID-19 start diminishing in 2022 or the world will see new variants?

As the world continues to fight against the deadly and highly transmissible Covid variants, the question is - what's next?

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So you think you’re a Covid expert (but are you?) 

Many people are now coming to their own conclusions about Covid and how they should behave. After not contracting the virus after multiple exposures, they may conclude they can take more risks. Or…

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Omicron

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As the world appeared to be finally fighting off the Delta variant of coronavirus with the help of vaccines and booster shots, a new strain of COVID-19 emerged — Omicron.
Dubbed as one of the most transmissible variants of coronavirus, Omicron (B.1.1.529) was initially identified in patients in Botswana and South Africa in the beginning of December 2021.

While it is not yet clear if this variant is more severe than the Delta variant, the WHO Technical Advisory Group on Virus Evolution (TAG-VE) has claimed that this variant has more mutations and may thus easily spread across the world.

As cases surge all over the world, WION brings you latest Omicron variant updates from around the world. From lockdowns to travel restrictions to symptoms, vaccines and medication, WION will keep you updated with worldwide and India Omicron updates.

Omicron cases falling in parts of the US, but expert says COVID-19 is here to stay

The Reuters tally shows that nationally hospitalizations are now under 147,000, compared with a peak of 152,746 on January 20

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India reports 50k less COVID-19 cases; 614 deaths in 24 hours

India's southern state of Kerala reported 26,514 new coronavirus cases with 13 deaths in 24 hours.

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Online education 'woefully inadequate', teachers fail to make emotional connect: Study

Long-term school closures have ramifications that went beyond education, including increased child exploitation and social and emotional problems.

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Fall in Omicron cases: Early signs of Covid heading towards ‘endgame’, say experts

Experts from WHO's regional offices in Europe and Africa and US’ top scientist Anthony Fauci expressed optimism over falling Covid cases, but cautioned against 'overconfidence'

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What designers have been doing at home during the pandemic

The pandemic has seen a number of design professionals taking on DIY projects, sometimes with spectacular results
 

via The New York Times
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COVID-19: Is Omicron 'sub-variant' BA.2 a threat in India? More than 400 cases found in England

UKHSA has also indicated the latest variant has been detected in some 40 other countries, which is resulting in the rise in the number of recent cases

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Has third wave of coronavirus peaked in India? Find several answers

The seven-day average of cases in cities, such as Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai, show a clear decline. It appears that this wave has peaked in the four largest cities of the country. Now, the…

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New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern cancels her wedding after emergence of Omicron cases, announces restrictions

On being asked about how she felt while setting up the measures that ended her planned nuptials, she said, "Such is life"

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Omicron wave may have peaked in Canada, says top health official

The average case count has decreased by 28 per cent compared with the previous week, said Canada’s chief public health officer Dr Theresa Tam

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After Beijing's action, US suspends more than 40 passenger flights to China operated by Chinese carriers

Amid a rise in COVID-19 cases, the Chinese capital has already suspended thousands of flights

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Pakistan using 80% of COVID-19 testing kits of substandard quality: Report

As per the report, Pakistan has imported Covid diagnostic kits from China, Turkey, the US and several European countries

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Remote Pacific island which had only 2 two cases until now goes into lockdown

On Tuesday, the government confirmed that 36 of the 54 passengers had tested positive

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Rio de Janeiro postpones Carnival parades as Omicron cases spike

The parade is a major tourist attraction for Rio. Tens of thousands of audience watch the parade live while tens of millions of people watch it from home

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Taiwan sees a surge in Covid cases ahead of Lunar New Year

Taiwan’s centre for disease control, on Saturday, reported 82 domestic cases. Out of this, 63 were found at the Taoyuan factory in the first round of testing

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Will COVID-19 start diminishing in 2022 or the world will see new variants?

As the world continues to fight against the deadly and highly transmissible Covid variants, the question is - what's next?

Read Article

So you think you’re a Covid expert (but are you?) 

Many people are now coming to their own conclusions about Covid and how they should behave. After not contracting the virus after multiple exposures, they may conclude they can take more risks. Or…

via The New York Times
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COVID-19 update: India reports over 9k less cases; 488 deaths in 24 hours

India's western state of Maharashtra which is the worst-hit state since the pandemic began recorded over 48,200 new coronavirus cases

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Over 20 COVID cases detected at an Argentine research station in Antarctica

Twenty-four of the 43 scientists and military personnel resident at Argentina's La Esperanza base have been infected. 

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This COVID-free island gets 36 positive cases on its first international flight

Pacific island that remained COVID-free is now hit by the disease after first flight lands and two thirds of the passengers test positive for coronavirus.

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Is crisis easing? England’s healthcare staff absences due to coronavirus fall by 22%

On an average day in the week to January 16, there were over 35,000 Covid absences. The count was down from around 46,000 the week prior to that. The figures are still extremely high as compared…

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Omicron cases falling in parts of the US, but expert says COVID-19 is here to stay

The Reuters tally shows that nationally hospitalizations are now under 147,000, compared with a peak of 152,746 on January 20

Read Article

India reports 50k less COVID-19 cases; 614 deaths in 24 hours

India's southern state of Kerala reported 26,514 new coronavirus cases with 13 deaths in 24 hours.

Read Article

Online education 'woefully inadequate', teachers fail to make emotional connect: Study

Long-term school closures have ramifications that went beyond education, including increased child exploitation and social and emotional problems.

Read Article

Fall in Omicron cases: Early signs of Covid heading towards ‘endgame’, say experts

Experts from WHO's regional offices in Europe and Africa and US’ top scientist Anthony Fauci expressed optimism over falling Covid cases, but cautioned against 'overconfidence'

Read Article

What designers have been doing at home during the pandemic

The pandemic has seen a number of design professionals taking on DIY projects, sometimes with spectacular results
 

via The New York Times
Read Article

COVID-19: Is Omicron 'sub-variant' BA.2 a threat in India? More than 400 cases found in England

UKHSA has also indicated the latest variant has been detected in some 40 other countries, which is resulting in the rise in the number of recent cases

Read Article

Has third wave of coronavirus peaked in India? Find several answers

The seven-day average of cases in cities, such as Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai, show a clear decline. It appears that this wave has peaked in the four largest cities of the country. Now, the…

Read Article

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern cancels her wedding after emergence of Omicron cases, announces restrictions

On being asked about how she felt while setting up the measures that ended her planned nuptials, she said, "Such is life"

Read Article

Omicron wave may have peaked in Canada, says top health official

The average case count has decreased by 28 per cent compared with the previous week, said Canada’s chief public health officer Dr Theresa Tam

Read Article

After Beijing's action, US suspends more than 40 passenger flights to China operated by Chinese carriers

Amid a rise in COVID-19 cases, the Chinese capital has already suspended thousands of flights

Read Article

Pakistan using 80% of COVID-19 testing kits of substandard quality: Report

As per the report, Pakistan has imported Covid diagnostic kits from China, Turkey, the US and several European countries

Read Article

Remote Pacific island which had only 2 two cases until now goes into lockdown

On Tuesday, the government confirmed that 36 of the 54 passengers had tested positive

Read Article

Rio de Janeiro postpones Carnival parades as Omicron cases spike

The parade is a major tourist attraction for Rio. Tens of thousands of audience watch the parade live while tens of millions of people watch it from home

Read Article

Taiwan sees a surge in Covid cases ahead of Lunar New Year

Taiwan’s centre for disease control, on Saturday, reported 82 domestic cases. Out of this, 63 were found at the Taoyuan factory in the first round of testing

Read Article

Will COVID-19 start diminishing in 2022 or the world will see new variants?

As the world continues to fight against the deadly and highly transmissible Covid variants, the question is - what's next?

Read Article

So you think you’re a Covid expert (but are you?) 

Many people are now coming to their own conclusions about Covid and how they should behave. After not contracting the virus after multiple exposures, they may conclude they can take more risks. Or…

via The New York Times
Read Article

COVID-19 update: India reports over 9k less cases; 488 deaths in 24 hours

India's western state of Maharashtra which is the worst-hit state since the pandemic began recorded over 48,200 new coronavirus cases

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Over 20 COVID cases detected at an Argentine research station in Antarctica

Twenty-four of the 43 scientists and military personnel resident at Argentina's La Esperanza base have been infected. 

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This COVID-free island gets 36 positive cases on its first international flight

Pacific island that remained COVID-free is now hit by the disease after first flight lands and two thirds of the passengers test positive for coronavirus.

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Is crisis easing? England’s healthcare staff absences due to coronavirus fall by 22%

On an average day in the week to January 16, there were over 35,000 Covid absences. The count was down from around 46,000 the week prior to that. The figures are still extremely high as compared…

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Pics | Brits angrily contrast own lives during Covid lockdown when PM Johnson partied

There is palpable anger in the UK after the revelation of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's 2020 party at 10 Downing Street right when Covid lockdown rules for the people were at their harshest.

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In pics: Thousands across globe protest against Covid restrictions as govts rush to contain Omicron

Vaccine sceptics and others across the world expressed anger towards their governments for announcing a fresh set of restrictions to contain news infections that is being triggered by the Omicron v

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Feeling like March 2020? Here's how Covid Omicron is affecting entertainment again

The discovery of the highly mutated Omicron variant of Covid-19 has shaken the entire world again, much like how another variant did in March 2020.

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Yearender 2021: Vaccine drive, virus resurgence, Omicron & lockdown 2.0

In 2021 as the vaccines were rolled out across the world, the COVID-19 surge continued unabated as large portions of the world continued to remain unvaccinated.

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Omicron chaos: A list of countries that have reported cases of new variant

Omicron has now been found in at least 24 nations throughout the world, according to the World Health Organization.

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Sports schedules go haywire due to Omicron Covid variant: What's cancelled, what's postponed

A number of sporting events in South Africa have been called off or postponed over growing concerns about the new variant of coronavirus - Omicron.

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Coronavirus: 'Variant of concern' Omicron raises fears globally; cases have been detected in these countries

A new coronavirus (COVID-19) variant, first found in South Africa has alarmed the authorities worldwide.

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Omicron travel chaos: Countries that imposed travel curbs over new Covid variant

Global authorities reacted with alarm to a new coronavirus (COVID-19) variant detected in South Africa, with several imposing travel curbs and tightening border controls. 

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Omicron variant continues to wreak havoc across US

Delta variant continues to wreak havoc across USA. Top health experts have also warned of a looming Omicron wave that could sweep across the US. Read Article
00:02:41

Top health experts warn of looming Omicron wave in United States

Delta variant continues to wreak havoc across USA. Top health experts have also warned of a looming Omicron wave that could sweep across the US. Read Article
00:04:31

Parts of Europe go into lockdown as Omicron cases surge

Parts of Europe are once again going into a lockdown mode because of the surge in cases due to the spread of the Omicron variant. This is the second year in a row that the country is shutting down. Read Article
00:01:19

Omicron found to spread at faster pace compared to other COVID variants

As the world grapples with Omicron, the WHO has warned the nations about the threat of the new variant. Omicron has been found to be spread at a faster pace than the previous variant. Read Article
00:01:33

WHO: Omicron cases doubling at a faster pace, severity yet to be studied

As the world grapples with Omicron, the WHO has warned the nations about the threat of the new variant. Omicron has been found to be spread at a faster pace than the previous variant. Read Article
00:02:11

Israel all set to expand no-fly list amid Omicron scare

The Israel government add 10 new countries to the list of destinations designated “red” due to high COVID-19 infections rates, as Israel braces for a wave of new cases driven by the Omicron variant of covid-19. Read Article
00:02:23

Germany faces massive Omicron wave, health minister issues warning

Germany's health minister has warned that country must brace for a massive fifth wave due to the new Omicron variant. Germany has been battered by a recent rise in Covid-19 cases and has imposed restrictions following it. Read Article
00:02:00

More than 27,000 Omicron cases in 91 countries: Reports

Around 5.3 million people have died due to different strains of coronavirus, more than 27,000 cases of the new Omicron strain have also been recorded in almost 91 countries. Read Article
00:02:01

WHO: World should not dismiss Omicron variant as mild

World Health Organization warned the nations to not dismiss the Omicron variant of COVID-19 as mild. WHO also added that vaccines may have reduced effectiveness. Read Article
00:02:32

Germany faces massive fifth wave of COVID-19 due to Omicron variant

While 70% of Germans have already received double doses of vaccine, COVID-19 cases are still surging due to the spread of the Omicron variant. Berlin braces for a massive fifth wave as health restrictions have been re-imposed. Read Article
00:03:56

Omicron variant spreads across the world, with UK COVID-19 cases surging to a record high

With the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 spreading its wings around the globe, the UK reports record-shattering cases amid festive season approaching. Read Article
00:01:44

India: Omicron cases detected in 11 states, tally rises to 101

Despite taking several measures to keep a check on the spread of Omicron, the total number of cases has reached to 101, with western state of Maharashtra accounting for 1/3 of the cases. Read Article
00:12:40

UK witnesses highest ever daily Covid cases amid Omicron spread

Omicron variant spreads across the world, scientists are now rewriting their expectations. In United Kingdom, the new variant is now all set to become the most dominant one. Read Article
00:03:08

Indonesia reports first case of Omicron COVID-19 variant

Indonesia has reported its first Omicron infection. The variant was detected on Wednesday evening in an employee at a hospital in the capital Jakarta. The patient infected has no history of overseas travel. Read Article
00:03:52

UK records highest-ever daily numbers of COVID-19 cases amid Omicron scare

The United Kingdom (UK) has recorded the highest-ever daily number of COVID-19 cases 78,610 since the beginning of the pandemic. Read Article
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Omicron variant | South Africa reports 26,976 covid-19 cases reported in 24 hours

South Africa reported its highest daily tally of new coronavirus cases ever, a few days after President Cyril Ramaphosa tested positive for the infection. South Africa was the first country to detect the new omicron strain. Read Article
00:03:41

Omicron variant: UK confirms over 78,000 covid cases in last 24 hours

The arrival of the Omicron variant in Britain has sent covid infection cases spiraling. Britain has recorded the highest daily cases since the pandemic hit the country last year. Over 78,000 new cases have been confirmed in the UK in just one day. Read Article
00:02:58

Don't underestimate Omicron variant, it's spreading at unprecedented rate, says WHO Chief

Director-General of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has warned that the new Omicron COVID-19 variant is spreading across the globe at an unprecedented rate and urged to not underestimate it. Read Article
00:01:45

Pfizer covid-19 pill nearly 90% effective against Omicron variant of Coronavirus

Pfizer Inc has said that its antiviral COVID-19 has about 90% efficacy in preventing hospitalizations and deaths in high-risk patients, and recent lab data suggests the drug retains its effectiveness against the Omicron variant of the coronavirus. Read Article
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Omicron spreading faster than any other variant: WHO

The WHO has warned that the new covid variant Omicron is probably already present in most countries around the world; officially cases have been reported from 77 counties. Read Article