New COVID-19 Omicron variant in ‘fluid motion’; in ‘very active’ communication with SAfrica colleagues: Dr Fauci

The variant has a high number of mutations, about 50 overall. Crucially, South African genomic scientists said Thursday more than 30 of the mutations were found in the spike protein -- the structure t

"So it is in a fluid motion. We are finding more about it and literally something in real time. We are learning more and more about it," he said.

Why not Nu or Xi? As Omicron Covid variant hits global headlines, Twitter dissects WHO’s naming game

Why not Nu or Xi? As Omicron Covid variant hits global headlines, Twitter dissects WHO's naming game

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South African scientists brace for wave propelled by omicron

“It's a huge concern. We all are terribly concerned about this virus,” Professor Willem Hanekom, director of the Africa Health Research Institute, told The Associated Press.

Early studies show that it has a reproduction rate of 2 — meaning that every person infected by it is likely to spread it to two other people.

High alert: World scurries to contain new COVID variant

A number of pharmaceutical firms, including AstraZeneca, Moderna, Novavax and Pfizer, said they have plans in place to adapt their vaccines in light of the emergence of omicron.

The countries designated as 'at-risk' (updated as of November 26, 2021) include European countries, the UK, South Africa, Brazil, Bangladesh, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Singapore, Hong Kong and Israel.

New Covid variant: Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal instructs officers to prepare for any emergency

Earlier, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to stop flights coming to India from those countries which are affected by the new variant of the coronavirus.

The meeting chaired by the Lt Governor will be attended by experts and civil aviation ministry representatives, sources said.

How worried should we be about the Omicron variant? Explained

News of the variant prompted countries to announce new travel restrictions on Friday and sent drugmakers scrambling to see if their COVID-19 vaccines remain protective.

Top UK scientist says new COVID-19 variant Omicron ‘not a disaster’, vaccination likely to protect

The new Omicron variant was first reported to the World Health Organisation (WHO) from South Africa on Wednesday and has also been identified in Botswana, Belgium, Hong Kong and Israel.

653 X-rays done daily at AIIMS on average after suspension of appointment system

"From an average of 175 X-rays being done daily at AIIMS, the number has increased to an average of 653 per day after the Department of Radio-Diagnosis removed the appointment system following which t

It is also worth noting here that for these additional X-rays, neither any additional machine was purchased nor any additional radiographer was hired and this additional work has been done in AIIMS only with the available resources.

61 arrivals from South Africa test positive for COVID-19 in Netherlands

Further tests are now underway on the travelers who arrived at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport to establish if any of them have the new omicron variant of COVID-19 that was first discovered in southern A

Covid-19 Omicron variant: Symptoms, precautions & all we know about the Coronavirus South Africa mutant strain

Covid cases with the new variant B.1.1.529 have shot up in South Africa’s Gauteng province including Pretoria and Johannesburg and can be present in other provinces as well

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South Africa President Ramaphosa advances crucial COVID-19 meeting as global concern over new Omicron variant spike

The meeting comes as a growing number of European countries are following UK's lead in banning travel to and from South Africa and neighbouring countries of Namibia, Zimbabwe and Botswana, as well as

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Covid-19 infections at Karnataka’s Dharwad medical college rise to 281; Govt hints at action

The state government has already issued guidelines for those travelling from certain foreign countries, where the new variant is prevalent, aimed at checking its spread.

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Delhi CM urges PM Modi to stop flights from countries affected by new Covid variant

"I urge Hon'ble PM to stop flights from those countries which are affected by new variant. With great difficulty, our country has recovered from Corona. We shud do everything possible to prevent this

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PM Modi briefed about ‘Omicron’; asks officials to review plans to ease international travel restrictions

At a meeting to review the Covid situation, Modi was briefed about the global trends on coronavirus cases and officials highlighted that countries across the world have experienced multiple COVID-19 s

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World races to contain new COVID threat, the omicron variant

.A World Health Organization panel named the variant “omicron” and classified it as a highly transmissible virus of concern, the same category that includes the predominant delta variant, which is

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WHO designates new Covid strain as Variant of Concern, names it ‘Omicron’

"The new #COVID19 virus variant - Omicron - has a large number of mutations, some of which are concerning. This is why we need to speed up our efforts to deliver on #VaccinEquity ASAP and protect the


Covid-19: Dr Reddy’s to seek DCGI nod for Sputnik Light vaccine soon

Kirill Dmitriev, CEO of RDIF has said that they were expecting to launch the Sputnik Light in India in the next couple of weeks.

With the government allowing exports of vaccines, Dr Reddys is also in discussion to take Sputnik to other countries mostly in the Asia-Pacific region and in certain countries of Africa, Latin America and Central America.

Serum Institute resumes exports of Covid-19 vaccines to COVAX facility

The company said resumption of exports was linked to SII surpassing its original target to produce one billion doses of Covishield by the end of this year.

SII had reached this milestone ahead of time via rapid expansion of production capacity at its site in Pune, the company said.

Over 120.96 crore Covid vaccine doses administered in India so far: Health Ministry

On Friday, more than 65 lakh (65,23,396) vaccine doses have been administered till 7 pm. The daily vaccination tally is expected to increase with the compilation of final reports for the day by late n

The country launched vaccination for all people aged more than 45 years from April 1.

India delivered 70.70 mln doses of Covid vaccines to 95 countries till Nov 22: Jitendra Singh

During his interventions in different sessions, Singh informed that India under the "Vaccine Maitri" initiative is providing COVID-19 vaccines to countries around the world.

Singh said BRICS countries must come together and innovate cost-effective, affordable, accessible, sustainable and scalable scientific solutions, as they face many similar and unique challenges.

SC agrees to hear plea for plan to rehabilitate families affected by COVID-19

A bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and AS Bopanna issued notice to the Centre and all State governments on the plea filed by one Sudhir Kathpalia, also seeking a waiver of the education fees for stude

New Coronavirus variant: Delhi LG calls emergency meet to discuss preparation for new Covid variant

The meeting has been convened to discuss the current situation of the pandemic in the city and preparation to deal with the new variant of Covid-19 if it emerges as a challenge in the coming weeks.

The Indian government has so far not announced any travel ban for passengers coming from affected countries like South Africa, Botswana and Hong Kong.

INSACOG closely tracking new COVID-19 variant, presence not yet detected in India: Officials

Health Ministry sources said INSACOG is "very closely monitoring" the situation to check for the presence of this variant and expedite the results of genomic analysis of positive samples of internatio

Commenting on the development, a senior scientist with INSACOG said the consortium is closely tracking the new variant of COVID-19 called B.1.1.529 and its presence has not been detected yet in the country.

Serum Institute resumes COVID-19 vaccine exports

While India resumed a small number of bilateral vaccine exports to neighbouring countries last month, dispatches to Covax were not restarted until after the WHO granted emergency authorisation to the

"The first batches of its COVISHIELD COVID-19 vaccine left the SII manufacturing facility in Pune earlier today, for distribution to low- and middle-income countries via the COVAX mechanism," it said.

Covid-19: This Haryana district is jacking up vaccination rates with free helmets, dinner sets

Earlier in November, the Nuh administration decided to go all out to increase vaccination rates — from door-to-door jabs to a plethora of incentives such as dinner sets, and helmets.

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What is this new COVID variant in South Africa? Explained

It's unclear from where the new variant actually arose, but it was first detected by scientists in South Africa and has also been seen in travelers to Hong Kong and Botswana.

South African experts said there are no indications to date that the variant causes more severe or unusual disease and noted that as with other variants, some infected people don't have any symptoms.

COVID-19: Delhi records 23 new cases, positivity rate 0.04 pc

The number of cumulative cases rose to 14,40,807. Over 14.15 lakh patients have recovered from the infection.

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