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  • Delhi: Omicron found in 97% samples taken from deceased patients from January to March Apr 20, 2022 04:39 PM IST

    Delhi: Omicron found in 97% samples taken from deceased patients from January to March

    Genome sequencing of 578 samples collected from the deceased showed 560 of them had the Omicron variant.

  • Omicron subvariant BA.2 may cause severe disease, lab study suggests Feb 18, 2022 06:49 PM IST

    Omicron subvariant BA.2 may cause severe disease, lab study suggests

    The yet-to-be peer-reviewed findings, recently posted on the preprint repository BioRxiv, show that the BA.2 sub variant may have features that make it as capable of causing serious illness as older coronavirus variants.

  • Omicron threat remains high in east Europe: WHO Feb 15, 2022 01:58 PM IST

    Omicron threat remains high in east Europe: WHO

    Over the past two weeks, cases of COVID-19 have more than doubled in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Russia and Ukraine, WHO's Europe regional director Hans Kluge said in a statement.

  • Immune response induced by Omicron effectively neutralise Delta variant: ICMR study Jan 26, 2022 04:33 PM IST

    Immune response induced by Omicron effectively neutralise Delta variant: ICMR study

    The study was conducted on 39 individuals, of which 25 had taken both the doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, eight people had taken double dose of Pfizer jab, while six were unvaccinated.

  • Omicron survives longer on plastic, skin than prior variants; nose swabbing found best for rapid tests Jan 25, 2022 05:53 PM IST

    Omicron survives longer on plastic, skin than prior variants; nose swabbing found best for rapid tests

    The Omicron variant can survive longer than earlier versions of the coronavirus on plastic surfaces and human skin, Japanese researchers found in laboratory tests. Here are summaries of some recent studies on COVID-19.

  • India's Omicron wave may intensify in coming weeks: Experts Jan 24, 2022 02:02 PM IST

    India's Omicron wave may intensify in coming weeks: Experts

    India reported 306,064 new infections over the last 24 hours, the health ministry said, about an 8 percent decline from the average daily cases reported in the last four days. Deaths were 439, the lowest in five days.

  • Omicron threat: Greece bans music in bars over rising Covid cases Dec 29, 2021 09:04 PM IST

    Omicron threat: Greece bans music in bars over rising Covid cases

    Greece has been forced to implement the measures earlier than expected after the country on Tuesday announced a new record of 21,657 daily Covid-19 infections.

  • Omicron risk remains 'very high': WHO Dec 29, 2021 08:14 AM IST

    Omicron risk remains 'very high': WHO

    Omicron is behind rapid virus spikes in several countries, including those where it has already overtaken the previously-dominant Delta variant, the WHO said in its COVID-19 weekly epidemiological update.

  • Explained: As omicron spreads its wings, states impose colour alerts; here's what they mean Dec 28, 2021 06:44 PM IST

    Explained: As omicron spreads its wings, states impose colour alerts; here's what they mean

    Depending upon the seriousness of the COVID-19 situation, the Delhi government divided the curb plan, aiming to bring in a clearer picture of imposition and lifting of restrictions. Here are the details.

  • Made preparations to deal with up to 1 lakh cases daily: Arvind Kejriwal amid Omicron scare Dec 23, 2021 05:36 PM IST

    Made preparations to deal with up to 1 lakh cases daily: Arvind Kejriwal amid Omicron scare

    Earlier in the day, Arvind Kejriwal reviewed the Covid situation and the Omicron threat in Delhi in a meeting with his ministers and senior officers.

  • Omicron threat | Health ministry advises states to consider local curbs ahead of upcoming festive season Dec 23, 2021 04:53 PM IST

    Omicron threat | Health ministry advises states to consider local curbs ahead of upcoming festive season

    "Observe all precautions; don't let your guard down" the health ministry said during a review of COVID-19 status and preparedness in view of Omicron variant.

  • Religious places in Delhi to remain open on Christmas, New Year's Eve for celebration, prayers: DDMA Dec 23, 2021 03:59 PM IST

    Religious places in Delhi to remain open on Christmas, New Year's Eve for celebration, prayers: DDMA

    Amid a rise in coronavirus cases and the threat of the new variant of concern, Omicron, the DDMA had Wednesday directed district magistrates to ensure no Christmas and New Year gathering takes place in the national capital.

  • Too soon to decide if Omicron more severe than Delta, WHO says Dec 22, 2021 08:21 PM IST

    Too soon to decide if Omicron more severe than Delta, WHO says

    "We do have some data suggesting that rates of hospitalisation are lower," WHO's technical lead on COVID-19, Maria van Kerkhove, said in a briefing with media.

  • UK says 14 deaths and 129 hospitalised by Omicron Dec 22, 2021 06:04 PM IST

    UK says 14 deaths and 129 hospitalised by Omicron

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday that he would not introduce new restrictions in England before Christmas, but the situation remained extremely difficult and the government might need to act afterwards.

  • Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates urges people to get vaccinated as Omicron could usher in 'worst part of pandemic' Dec 22, 2021 11:56 AM IST

    Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates urges people to get vaccinated as Omicron could usher in 'worst part of pandemic'

    The Omicron variant of the coronavirus is spreading faster than the Delta variant and is causing infections in people already vaccinated or who have recovered from the COVID-19 disease, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said.

  • Tougher curbs likely as Omicron hits another daily high of 12,133 in UK Dec 20, 2021 05:05 PM IST

    Tougher curbs likely as Omicron hits another daily high of 12,133 in UK

    The total number of confirmed Omicron cases in the UK stands at 37,101, taking the overall COVID-19 infections tally to 82,886 on Sunday.

  • Omicron rewrites the COVID plan for 2022 Dec 17, 2021 04:58 PM IST

    Omicron rewrites the COVID plan for 2022

    Just weeks ago, disease experts were predicting that countries would begin to emerge from the pandemic in 2022 after enduring a series of surges driven by the Alpha, Beta, Gamma and Delta variants. First among them would be populations with a significant amount of exposure to the coronavirus, through a combination of infections and vaccination.

  • Omicron thrives in airways, not lungs; new data on asymptomatic cases Dec 16, 2021 05:13 PM IST

    Omicron thrives in airways, not lungs; new data on asymptomatic cases

    Omicron multiplies faster in airways, slower in lung. Major differences in how efficiently Omicron and other variants of the coronavirus multiply may help predict Omicron's effects, researchers said on Wednesday.

  • Omicron could become dominant in Europe by mid-January Dec 15, 2021 04:18 PM IST

    Omicron could become dominant in Europe by mid-January

    "If you look at the time it takes for new cases to double in number, it seems to be doubling every two or three days. And that's massive. We're told that by mid-January, we should expect Omicron to be the new dominant variant in Europe," von der Leyen told the European Parliament, pointing to scientific data.

  • Omicron threat: Maharashtra records 2 new cases, count rises to 20 Dec 13, 2021 08:34 PM IST

    Omicron threat: Maharashtra records 2 new cases, count rises to 20

    With these two cases — one from Latur and the other from Pune — the tally of patients infected with the newly discovered variant of the coronavirus rose to 20.

  • Omicron may pose higher reinfection risk but could be milder than Delta: WHO Chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Dec 08, 2021 09:41 PM IST

    Omicron may pose higher reinfection risk but could be milder than Delta: WHO Chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

    "Emerging data from South Africa suggests increased risk of reinfection with Omicron," Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters, adding that there was "also some evidence that Omicron causes milder disease than Delta."

  • Omicron reported in 57 countries, hospitalisations set to rise, WHO says Dec 08, 2021 04:00 PM IST

    Omicron reported in 57 countries, hospitalisations set to rise, WHO says

    The WHO, in its weekly epidemiological report, said more data was needed to assess the severity of disease caused by the Omicron variant and whether its mutations might reduce protection from vaccine-derived immunity.

  • RBI may refrain from reverse repo hike on Omicron worry Dec 06, 2021 05:18 PM IST

    RBI may refrain from reverse repo hike on Omicron worry

    The reverse repo rate - the interest rate banks earn for parking short-term funds at the RBI - is mostly expected to remain unchanged at 3.35 percent, but several economists have priced in a small increase as the central bank tries to normalise the gap between the lending and borrowing rate to pre COVID-19 levels.

  • Omicron coronavirus variant linked with high risk of reinfection: Study Dec 06, 2021 01:07 PM IST

    Omicron coronavirus variant linked with high risk of reinfection: Study

    Johannesburg, Dec 6 The recently identified Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 is associated with a substantial ability to evade immunity from prior COVI..

  • COVID-19 Omicron Cases: 7 more people test positive in Maharashtra Dec 05, 2021 06:55 PM IST

    COVID-19 Omicron Cases: 7 more people test positive in Maharashtra

    This has taken India's total tally of Omicron cases to 12 as of the evening of December 5. The total cases in Maharashtra now stand at 8.