Omicron: WHO warns that new virus variant poses ‘very high’ risk

Cases have been reported in such places as Canada, Germany, Britain, Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands and Portugal, where authorities identified 13 omicron infections among members of the Belenenses

New tourism policy to be finalised soon, will cater to post-Covid visitors: Ministry

Some of the features of the draft policy put forth last year include focus on employment generation, community participation and stress on the development of tourism in a sustainable and responsible m

Omicron scare: Health ministry issues revised guidelines for international passengers

All travellers, irrespective of Covid-19 vaccination status, coming to India from countries identified as ‘countries at-risk’ would have to mandatorily undergo post-arrival Covid-19 testing at air

Testing kits can detect Omicron: Mylab

It said the kits can detect infection for the 12 major variants — Omicron, Beta, Zeta, Epsilon, Delta, Kappa, Gamma, Lambda, Theta, Alpha, Eta and Lota.

Bharat Biotech begins Covaxin exports, says on track to make 1 bn doses a year

“Long-pending export orders have been executed during November and would be further expanded during the following months. With the number of countries that have granted emergency use approval for Co

On efficacy against the Omicron variant, Bharat Biotech said Covaxin was developed against the original Wuhan variant and has worked against other variants, and the company would continue to research on new variants.

Omicron India: Punjab govt strict monitoring of overseas passengers landing at state airports

The B.1.1.529 Covid variant or Omicron was designated by the World Health Organisation as a 'variant of concern', the health body's top category for worrying coronavirus variants.

New US restrictions amid Omicron covid variant unlikely: Dr. Anthony Fauci

Dr. Anthony Fauci said that while officials were bracing for the first confirmed U.S. case of the variant, vaccines remained a top tool to blunt its impact.

Day after two kids leave India for US, test report confirms coronavirus

Before returning to the US, four members of a family had got themselves tested for the virus at a private lab in Jaipur on Saturday.


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COVID-19: Chandigarh admin denies rumours over ‘Omicron’ variant, says no case yet

Meanwhile, amid concerns of the new variant, The Chandigarh administration has increased surveillance of those returning from abroad.

BioNTech starts work on Omicron-specific vaccine

"The first steps of developing a potential new vaccine overlap with the research necessary in order to evaluate whether a new shot will be needed," it added.

The Omicron variant carries a very high global risk of surges, the WHO warned on Monday as more countries reported cases, prompting border closures.

Asteroid bigger than Taj Mahal racing towards Earth today; here’s what NASA says

The size of this asteroid is said to be double the size of the Big Ben clock in London.

Omicron shows need for global accord on pandemics, says WHO chief

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus also said many uncertainties remain about just how transmissible and severe infection by the highly mutated omicron might be.

But it comes as many countries have been scrambling to address the emergence of omicron that has led to travel bans across the world and sent tremors through stock markets on Friday.

Bengaluru’s groundnut festival ‘Kadalekai Parishe’ begins amid Covid curb

The three-day festival will see groundnut vendors setting up stalls with the fresh harvest.

No case of new ‘Omicron’ variant of coronavirus detected in India yet: Official

The B.1.1.529 Covid variant or Omicron, first detected in South Africa last week, was designated by the World Health Organisation as a 'variant of concern', the health body's top category for worrying

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.

Covid-19: Children don’t need negative RT-PCR report for Sabarimala pilgrimage, Kerala govt clarifies

Thousands of pilgrims have been embarking on treks to the hill shrine to offer prayers to Lord Ayyappa following the temple’s reopening for the annual 41-day pilgrimage season.

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‘Omicron’ stokes concern but vaccines still most important tool: Experts

The B.1.1.529 Covid variant, first detected in South Africa last week, was designated by the World Health Organisation as a Variant of Concern (VOC), the health body's top category for worrying corona

Delhi reports 34 new COVID-19 cases, 1 more death

The national capital reported 34 new cases of COVID-19 and one death in a day while the positivity rate stood at 0.08 per cent, according to the data shared by the health department here on Monday.

Resilient corridor in Jamaica allows visitors to be in a safe bubble: Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Tourism of Jamaica

Highlighting the efforts of reviving tourism post pandemic, Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Tourism of Jamaica, informs, “Jamaica has been welcoming travellers since the country’

Covid-19: Random testing at airports among revised rules for foreign travellers amid Omicron scare

The revision comes on the back of a Mumbai resident testing positive for Covid-19 upon arrival in Delhi from South Africa, where the Omicron variant was first detected.

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Omicron poses “very high” global risk, world must prepare: WHO

The U.N. agency urged its 194 member states to accelerate vaccination of high-priority groups and, in anticipation of increased case numbers, to "ensure mitigation plans are in place" to maintain esse

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Omicron: Vaccination should work but travel restrictions has limited benefits, says south African expert

Current vaccines will continue to provide protection against the new virulent SARS-CoV-2 strain, Omicron, said a leading virologist in South Africa, where the strain was first identified.

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Air pollution in Delhi: Ban on construction, demolition activities to continue till further orders, says Gopal Rai

Physical classes in schools, colleges and other educational institutions resumed and government offices reopened from Monday.

Covid-19 vaccine: Bharat Biotech begins Covaxin export

Bharat Biotech also thanked the Centre for approving the exports and added that Covaxin would now become a part of the battle against the coronavirus pandemic.

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Dengue cases in Delhi this year mount to over 8,200; more than 6,700 in Nov alone: Civic body

In 2015, the city had witnessed a massive outbreak of dengue, when the number of dengue cases reported has crossed 10,600 in October itself, making it the worst outbreak of the vector-borne disease in

Delhi records minimum temperature of 10.3 deg C

The national capital's air quality was on Monday recorded in the severe category at 406, real-time data of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) showed.

Covid-19: Maharashtra on alert after passenger from South Africa tests positive

Thackeray directed officials to test international and domestic passengers at airports, and asked them to take necessary steps without waiting for instructions from the Centre.

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