HMC asks public to use emergency services only for critical medical situations

HMC asks public to use emergency services only for critical medical situations

With the Omicron variant causing an increase in Covid-19 cases in Qatar, Hamad Medical Corporation's (HMC) senior officials on Sunday urged the community to seek emergency services only for critical medical conditions.

Omicron hospitalisation risk around one third of Delta, UK analysis shows

Omicron hospitalisation risk around one third of Delta, UK analysis shows

The risk of hospitalisation with the Omicron variant of coronavirus is about one-third that of the Delta variant, according to British analysis of more than a million cases of both types in recent weeks.

Physicians urge community members to get booster dose at the earliest

Physicians urge community members to get booster dose at the earliest

With the number of Covid-19 cases increasing in different parts of the world including Qatar, physicians are urging the country's population to get the booster dose of the vaccine at the earliest possible.

Omicron's global spread prompts renewed lockdowns, delayed reopenings

Omicron's global spread prompts renewed lockdowns, delayed reopenings

New Zealand delayed the planned reopening of its international border because of the sweeping spread of Omicron around the world on Tuesday, as several other countries reimposed social distancing measures.

MoPH urges caution as Omicron cases detected

MoPH urges caution as Omicron cases detected

The first cases of the Omicron Covid-19 variant have been detected in Qatar, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) said Monday.

Global airline capacity remains ‘stable’ amid Omicron contagion

Global airline capacity remains ‘stable’ amid Omicron contagion

Amid concerns about new Omicron variant’s impact on the aviation industry, and a series of unilateral knee-jerk reactions from governments around the world, global airline capacity seems to remain stable.

EU health ministers meet as Omicron cases rise in Europe

EU health ministers meet as Omicron cases rise in Europe

EU health ministers met on Tuesday as national governments step up measures to try to curb the Omicron Covid-19 variant spreading across Europe as winter closes in.

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

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.

WHO flags global risk from Omicron, countries tighten curbs

WHO flags global risk from Omicron, countries tighten curbs

The Omicron variant of coronavirus carries a very high global risk of surges, the WHO warned on Monday, as more countries reported cases, prompting border closures and reviving worries about the economic recovery from a two-year pandemic.

Borders slam shut as world rushes to contain new Covid variant

Borders slam shut as world rushes to contain new Covid variant

World governments rushed to contain a new, heavily mutated Covid-19 strain Sunday, with Israel slamming its borders shut to foreign nationals and Australia reporting its first cases of the variant.