Tag: Omicron

COVID-19: Two more Omicron sub-variants identified by scientists — WHO

The South African scientists who identified Omicron late last year have now reported two more Omicron sub-variants, BA.4 and BA.5, according to the Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Tedros Ghebreyesus. The new sub-variants were reported to be the reason for a spike in cases of coronavirus infections in[Read More…]

Greece bans music in bars, restaurants over Omicron COVID-19 variant

Greece on Wednesday banned music in bars and restaurants in a bid to limit New Year’s Eve parties as the government attempts to fight the highly contagious Omicron coronavirus variant. “Omicron is now the dominant strain and the public health system is under pressure,” Health Minister Thanos Plevris said in[Read More…]

COVID-19: No death from Omicron variant yet in Nigeria — NCDC

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, (NCDC), says no person in Nigeria has died of COVID-19 with the B.1.1.529 SARS-CoV-2 lineage, the Omicron variant, in the country, as the variant surges across the country. The NCDC Director-General, Dr Ifedayo Adetifa, disclosed this to newsmen on Friday in Abuja. The News[Read More…]

Omicron: UAE slams travel ban on Nigeria, Kenya, 2 other African countries

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has barred travellers from four African countries over COVID-19 Omicron variant. This was disclosed in a statement by the UAE’s National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Emergency Management Authority (NCEMA) and the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) on Thursday. The directive, UAE said, is due to[Read More…]

Rwanda, Kenya confirm first cases of Omicron COVID-19 variant

Rwanda and Kenya have confirmed their first cases of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, authorities in both countries said. This is as the heavily mutated strain continues to spread on the continent where it was first detected. On Tuesday, Rwanda’s Health Ministry said the small central African country had[Read More…]

UK records first death of Omicron COVID-19 variant

At least one person has died in the United Kingdom after contracting the Omicron Coronavirus (COVID-19) variant, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday, the first publicly confirmed death globally from the swiftly spreading strain. Since the first Omicron cases were detected on Nov. 27 in the United Kingdom, Johnson[Read More…]

‘Travel Apartheid’: Rescind ban on Nigeria over Omicron, Lai tells UK

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has called on the British Authority to immediately rescind its ban on foreign travels from Nigeria over the discovery of cases of Omicron variant of COVID-19 in the country. He made the call in Abuja on Monday at a media briefing[Read More…]

South Africa’s currency, rand, falls against dollar as Omicron worries linger

The South African rand retreated early on Tuesday as caution lingered in markets after the discovery of a Coronavirus (COVID-19) variant that is spreading in the country and globally. At 0625 GMT, the rand traded at 16.2150 against the dollar, 0.46 per cent weaker than its previous close. On Friday[Read More…]

Omicron could have originated in HIV patients — German expert

The surprising number of mutations in the Omicron Coronavirus (COVID-19) variant could signal that it originated in a patient with HIV or another immunodeficiency, a top German immunology expert said. Carsten Watzl, secretary general of the German Society for Immunology, told dpa that it was not only conceivable but also[Read More…]

Omicron Vs Delta: Still ‘not clear’ which COVID-19 variant more severe — WHO

World Health Organisation (WHO) says it is still ‘not clear’ whether Omicron COVID variant is more transmissible or more severe than Delta variant. WHO, in a statement on Sunday, said that its experts, researchers in South Africa and around the world are currently conducting studies to better understand Omicron. The[Read More…]