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WHO: Omicron poses 'very high' global risk, countries must prepare
The Omicron variant is likely to spread internationally, posing a "very high" global risk where Covid-19 surges could have "severe consequences" in some areas, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Monday.
Swiss get to choose whether to keep vaccine passports in place
Despite months of protests, Swiss citizens have overwhelmingly voted to keep the country’s system of Covid vaccination certificates in place. The deal was sweetened for voters by the promise of financial assistance.
Morocco suspends air traffic due to Omicron
Morocco has announced the suspension of all “direct” passenger flights due to the new coronavirus variant, Omicron. The measure comes into effect Monday and will be in place for at least two weeks.
Keep borders open despite Covid variants, WHO pleads
The World Health Organization has encouraged countries to keep their borders open, despite fears about the Omicron variant of Covid-19, as South Africa denounces global travel restrictions that it has called “unjustified.”
Can 'Omicron' Covid Variant Be Detected Using PCR Testing? WHO Says...
Omicron Covid Variant: The WHO has said studies into various aspects of the new variant would take several weeks to reach conclusions.
Some Scientists Worry The Africa Travel Restrictions Will Discourage Other Nations From Reporting New COVID Variants
"What is the incentive for the next country that identifies the next important variant if their reward is what President Biden did to South Africa?"
Biden administration expected to restart 'Remain in Mexico' policy next week
The Biden administration is expected to restart the Trump-era "Remain in Mexico" border policy next week, according to a senior administration official.
First Image Of 'Omicron' Covid Variant Shows Many More Mutations Than Delta
The new Covid variant Omicron has many more mutations than the Delta variant, according to a first "image" of this new variant initially detected in South Africa, produced and published by the prestigious Bambino Gesu hospital in Rome.
We Know Almost Nothing About the Omicron Variant
Here’s everything we do.
On 'Omicron' Variant, UK Calls Urgent Meeting Of G7 Health Ministers
Omicron Covid Variant: Britain is one of several countries to have announced cases of the new variant.
Barbados is ready to ditch Britain's Queen. For many in the country, the move has been a long time coming
Queen Elizabeth will have one less realm after this week, when Barbados severs its final imperial links to Britain by removing the 95-year-old as its head of state and declaring itself a republic.
How To Deal With The Next Pandemic? Countries To Talk On WHO Treaty
Countries agreed to set up an intergovernmental body charged with drafting and negotiating a WHO accord on pandemic prevention, preparedness and response.
Travel Bans Over New Covid Variant "Attack Global Solidarity": World Health Organisation
Omicron Covid Variant: "Travel restrictions may play a role in slightly reducing the spread of COVID-19 but place a heavy burden on lives and livelihoods," World Health Organisation said.
South Africa's President Urges Reversing "Unjustified" Travel Bans
Omicron Covid Variant: Dozens of nations have blacklisted South Africa and its neighbours since South African scientists flagged Omicron on November 25.
"Race Against Time" To Tackle New Covid Variant: European Union Chief
"We know we are now in a race against time," Ursula von der Leyen said during a visit to Riga, adding that vaccine manufacturers needed two to three weeks "to get a full picture of the quality of the mutations".
South Africa Could Make Covid Jabs Compulsory Amid New Variant Concerns
Covid Variant In South Africa: Only a quarter of South Africans are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 despite a sufficient supply of doses.
Botswana Detects 19 New 'Omicron' Covid Variant Cases: Health Minister
Omicron Covid Variant: "As of today we have recorded a total of 19 cases of the variant," Botswana Health Minister Edwin Dikoloti said.
UK, Germany and Italy detect Omicron variant cases, Israel closes borders
Britain, Germany and Italy detected cases of the new Omicron coronavirus variant on Saturday and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced new steps to contain the virus, while more nations imposed restrictions on travel from southe...
Thailand Lays Groundwork for Crypto Tourism to Revive Industry
Thailand is one of the most desirable tourism destinations in the world, attracting super rich for luxury tourism as well as backpackers for its stunning nature, parks and islands. It’s well known for its amazing food, safety and super m...
WHO skips over Greek letters 'nu' and 'xi,' names new variant 'omicron'
The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed it skipped the Greek letters "nu" and "xi" in naming its new COVID-19 variant, which it dubbed the "omicron" variant.
Quarantining with your partner? A daily ‘happy hour’ can help, says expert
There are ways to get the most out of quarantine time with your partner and avoid conflicts, from a screen-free daily ‘happy hour’ to respecting one another’s personal space.
Biden Says Not Concerned About US Stock Market Plunge as He 'Expected It'
US President Joe Biden said on Friday that he is not concerned about the plunge in the US stock market and he had expected it over concerns related to the new Omicron coronavirus variant.
US Crude Released by Biden From Reserves Will Likely Be Snapped Up By China, India, Claim Traders
US President Joe Biden has announced the release of 50 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) on 23 November in a concerted effort with other major energy-consuming nations, including China, India, Japan, South...
Bitcoin's price has slumped after a new COVID variant was found. Why?
The markets have seen investors dump riskier assets during this time of uncertainty and fears of fresh lockdowns.
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