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WHO says no Omicron deaths yet as variant spreads globally

WHO says no Omicron deaths yet as variant spreads globally

The Omicron variant has been detected in 38 countries but no deaths have yet been reported, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said yesterday as authorities worldwide rushed to stem the spread of the heavily mutated coronavirus (Covid-19) strain.

Germany, US agree to new Covid curbs as Omicron spreads across the globe

Germany, US agree to new Covid curbs as Omicron spreads across the globe

Germany has decided to bar the unvaccinated from all but the most essential businesses, and the United States is due to announce further travel curbs as countries around the globe scramble to keep out the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

Twitter closes 3,500 propaganda accounts in 6 countries

Twitter closes 3,500 propaganda accounts in 6 countries

Twitter said yesterday that it had shut down nearly 3,500 accounts that were posting pro-government propaganda in six countries, including China and Russia.

Pope urges European unity amid migrant influx

Pope urges European unity amid migrant influx

Pope Francis has urged unity as Europe faces an influx of refugees and migrants, speaking on the divided Mediterranean island of Cyprus, a major destination for people fleeing war and poverty.

India reports first Omicron cases, no plan for boosters

India reports first Omicron cases, no plan for boosters

India reported its first two cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant yesterday but the government said it had no immediate plan to authorise booster vaccine shots despite demands from lawmakers.

US tightens Covid-19 travel rules as countries race to quell Omicron threat

US tightens Covid-19 travel rules as countries race to quell Omicron threat

Air travellers to the United States will face tougher Covid-19 testing rules, as several countries moved to seal-off their borders amid heightened uncertainty around the virulence of the Omicron variant and its ability to dodge existing vaccines.

EU drug watchdog chief: could approve Covid-19 shot against new variant in 3-4 months

EU drug watchdog chief: could approve Covid-19 shot against new variant in 3-4 months

The EU drug regulator could approve Covid-19 vaccines that have been adapted to target the new variant within three to four months if needed, the agency's chief said on Tuesday as she said existing shots would continue to provide protection.

India says Omicron shows up on tests, advises states to ramp up checks

India says Omicron shows up on tests, advises states to ramp up checks

India's union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan said on Tuesday that the Omicron variant does show up on RT-PCR and RAT testing

Australia on alert as first Omicron community case confirmed

Australia on alert as first Omicron community case confirmed

Australian authorities on Tuesday confirmed a person with Covid-19 had the new Omicron variant after disclosing that the person had been active in the community, but urged calm as they weighed up the severity of the strain.

Philippine leader Duterte's preferred successor quits presidential race

Philippine leader Duterte's preferred successor quits presidential race

Philippines leader Rodrigo Duterte's preferred successor, Senator Christopher "Bong" Go, announced on Tuesday he was dropping out of the presidential race, leaving the administration without a candidate in next year's polls.

Travel curbs expand as more cases reported

Travel curbs expand as more cases reported

Hong Kong expanded a ban on entry for non-residents from several countries as global health authorities raced to curb a potential outbreak of the Omicron virus, while Australia's cabinet will review containment steps on Tuesday after five tested positive.

Moderna CEO warns Covid-19 shots less effective against Omicron, spooks markets

Moderna CEO warns Covid-19 shots less effective against Omicron, spooks markets

Drugmaker Moderna's CEO set off fresh alarm bells in financial markets on Tuesday after he warned that Covid-19 vaccines were unlikely to be as effective against the Omicron variant as they have been against the Delta version.

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