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  • Maharashtra: 36 cases of XBB subvariant of Omicron found so far; experts worry about 'long COVID' Oct 29, 2022 08:04 PM IST

    Maharashtra: 36 cases of XBB subvariant of Omicron found so far; experts worry about 'long COVID'

    Pune district has reported 21 XBB cases to date, followed by 10 in Thane, two in Nagpur and one each in Akola, Amravati and Raigad.

  • Taiwan to end COVID-19 quarantine for arrivals, welcome back tourists Sep 29, 2022 09:42 AM IST

    Taiwan to end COVID-19 quarantine for arrivals, welcome back tourists

    Taiwan has reported 6.3 million domestic cases since the beginning of the year, driven by the more infectious Omicron variant. With more than 99% of those showing no or only mild symptoms, the government has relaxed restrictions in its "new Taiwan model".

  • Fresh COVID wave sweeps Asia; New Zealand warns of pressure on hospitals Jul 14, 2022 03:25 PM IST

    Fresh COVID wave sweeps Asia; New Zealand warns of pressure on hospitals

    The renewed surge in cases, mostly of the BA.4/5 Omicron variants, provides a further challenge for authorities grappling with the economic fallout of earlier waves of the pandemic while trying to avoid extending or reintroducing unpopular restrictions.

  • COVID-19: NRI on Gujarat visit tests positive for Omicron sub-variant BA.5 May 24, 2022 04:36 PM IST

    COVID-19: NRI on Gujarat visit tests positive for Omicron sub-variant BA.5

    The man, who lives in South Africa, had on May 1 tested positive for the coronavirus after he arrived to meet his parents.

  • Natural immunity from Omicron infection weak, limited, study finds May 19, 2022 04:33 PM IST

    Natural immunity from Omicron infection weak, limited, study finds

    In experiments using mice and blood samples from donors who were infected with Omicron, researchers at Gladstone Institutes and University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) in the US found that the Omicron variant induces only a weak immune response.

  • Hong Kong Q1 GDP down 4% after deadly Omicron surge May 03, 2022 05:38 PM IST

    Hong Kong Q1 GDP down 4% after deadly Omicron surge

    Gross domestic product for the first quarter of 2022 contracted by 4 percent from a year earlier, according to advance government figures released on Tuesday.

  • Beijing begins 3-day COVID-19 mass testing of 3.5 million people as Shanghai report 51 deaths, highest in a day Apr 25, 2022 11:22 AM IST

    Beijing begins 3-day COVID-19 mass testing of 3.5 million people as Shanghai report 51 deaths, highest in a day

    Beijing’s local government has ordered Chaoyang district, home to some 3.5 million residents, to have three rounds of mass nucleic acid testing starting from Monday after the district registered the most COVID-19 cases in the capital’s latest epidemic surge, official media reported.

  • 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.

  • Worldwide COVID cases surpass 500 million as Omicron variant BA.2 surges Apr 14, 2022 04:08 PM IST

    Worldwide COVID cases surpass 500 million as Omicron variant BA.2 surges

    The rise of BA.2 has been blamed for recent surges in China as well as record infections in Europe. It has been called the "stealth variant" because it is slightly harder to track than others.

  • COVID-19 | All you need to know about the Deltacron variant Mar 30, 2022 07:18 PM IST

    COVID-19 | All you need to know about the Deltacron variant

    Deltacron, the new variant of coronavirus is a hybrid of Delta and Omicron i.e. it contains the elements of both variants.

  • Reinfection with different subtypes of Omicron possible, study finds Feb 23, 2022 05:27 PM IST

    Reinfection with different subtypes of Omicron possible, study finds

    With the surge of Omicron subvariants BA.1 and BA.2, a large number of reinfections from earlier cases have been observed, the researchers said.

  • What we know about Delta x Omicron recombinant Feb 21, 2022 05:37 PM IST

    What we know about Delta x Omicron recombinant

  • COVID-19 update | South Korea, a virus success story, is forced to alter its approach Feb 18, 2022 10:47 PM IST

    COVID-19 update | South Korea, a virus success story, is forced to alter its approach

    I​n the past week, South Korea has begun asking patients who test positive to simply look after themselves at home, while​ the country redirects resources to those who are most vulnerable.

  • 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.

  • COVID cases surpass 400 million as Omicron grips world Feb 09, 2022 07:26 PM IST

    COVID cases surpass 400 million as Omicron grips world

    The Omicron variant, which is dominating the surge around the world, accounts for almost all new cases reported daily. While cases have begun to level off in many countries, more than 2 million cases are still being reported on average each day, according to a Reuters analysis. Deaths, which tend to lag cases, have increased by 70 percent in the last five weeks based on the seven-day average.

  • Assembly Election 2022 | Political rallies continue despite COVID-19 curbs Feb 08, 2022 02:24 PM IST

    Assembly Election 2022 | Political rallies continue despite COVID-19 curbs

    The coronavirus is still spreading rapidly through India, prompting anxiety as the elections attract millions to polling booths. Balloting will take place in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur. The polls end on March 7 and results are to be declared on March 10.

  • COVID-19 update | Over 166.59 crore vaccine doses administered in India so far, says govt Jan 31, 2022 10:29 PM IST

    COVID-19 update | Over 166.59 crore vaccine doses administered in India so far, says govt

    Cumulatively, 54,11,58,635 first doses have been administered to people in the 18-44 age group and 40,58,44,481 have got the second dose in the same group since the start of phase three of the vaccination drive, according to Health Ministry data.

  • COVID-19 update | Maharashtra sees 15,140 new cases, 39 fatalities; 35,453 recover Jan 31, 2022 10:26 PM IST

    COVID-19 update | Maharashtra sees 15,140 new cases, 39 fatalities; 35,453 recover

    The latest additions pushed the overall caseload to 77,21,109 and the death toll to 1,42,611, it said.

  • COVID-19 update | Mumbai logs less than 1,000 cases; positivity rate at 2.1%, active tally below 10,000 Jan 31, 2022 08:47 PM IST

    COVID-19 update | Mumbai logs less than 1,000 cases; positivity rate at 2.1%, active tally below 10,000

    With this, the tally of coronavirus infections in the city rose to 10,46,590, while the death toll increased to 16,623, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said in a bulletin.

  • COVID-19 update | UK expands vaccines to at-risk 5 to 11-year-old kids Jan 30, 2022 10:46 PM IST

    COVID-19 update | UK expands vaccines to at-risk 5 to 11-year-old kids

    NHS England said nearly 500,000 eligible children in England are set to receive their first dose of a COVID vaccine in line with advice set out by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

  • Omicron subtype BA.2 has apparent transmission advantage: UKHSA Jan 28, 2022 10:38 PM IST

    Omicron subtype BA.2 has apparent transmission advantage: UKHSA

    UKHSA said that there was an increased growth rate of BA.2 compared with BA.1 in all regions of England where there were enough cases to compare them, and that "the apparent growth advantage is currently substantial".

  • Govt mulls model for staggered opening of schools following all COVID protocols Jan 27, 2022 04:47 PM IST

    Govt mulls model for staggered opening of schools following all COVID protocols

    Schools have been closed in most parts of the country for physical classes after the emergence of the new Omicron variant of the virus.

  • 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.

  • Pfizer-BioNTech begin Omicron-specific vaccine trial Jan 25, 2022 06:38 PM IST

    Pfizer-BioNTech begin Omicron-specific vaccine trial

    Pfizer's CEO Albert Bourla has previously said that the pharmaceutical giant could be ready to file for regulatory approval of the shot by March.

  • 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.