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First detected in South Africa and classified as a variant of concern by the World Health Organisation, B.1.1.529 or Omicron is the 13th variant of the Covid-19 virus and the 5th variant of concern in total. Notably, Omicron stands 15th amongst Greek alphabets. While research is underway to understand the impacts of this virus, preliminary research suggests that the virus is infecting people who had a prior infection at a much higher rate than previous variants. Early indications also prove that it is milder and not as potent as prior Covid strains, however, it does reduce vaccine efficiency. While Omicron has, at present, been found in 68 countries across the world like India, Japan, South Korea and more, no deaths have been reported anywhere so far. Notably, The first known confirmed Omicron infection was determined from a specimen collected on November 9, 2021. zIn the US, the first reported and confirmed Omicron case was that of a California-based, fully vaccinated man who had returned from South Africa. Omicron is highly transmissible and less susceptible to inoculations. The new variant has been detected on every continent except Antarctica. India’s first Omicron case was detected in Karnataka and experts suggest that it is bound to surpass the relatively severe Delta variant in terms of spreading speed. More

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  • Omicron 'sub-variant' throws up new virus questions Jan 22, 2022 08:39 PM IST

    Omicron 'sub-variant' throws up new virus questions

    The initial Omicron variant has become the dominant virus strain in recent months but British health authorities have notably identified hundreds of cases of the latest version, dubbed BA.2, while international data suggest it could spread relatively quickly.

  • Pacific islands, that had mostly kept COVID-19 at bay, are now under lockdowns Jan 22, 2022 12:18 PM IST

    Pacific islands, that had mostly kept COVID-19 at bay, are now under lockdowns

    COVID-19: Until January, Kiribati hadn't reported a single virus case, while Samoa had only recorded two since the pandemic began, according to the World Health Organization. But now, overseas travellers have brought several cases to the countries,

  • Omicron sub-lineage BA.2 variant under investigation in UK Jan 22, 2022 11:52 AM IST

    Omicron sub-lineage BA.2 variant under investigation in UK

    The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), which monitors data related to the pandemic, said the sub-lineage known as BA.2 shows a low number of cases in the country, with the original Omicron lineage BA.1 still dominant.

  • Coronavirus Omicron India Highlights: Kerala reports 45,136 new cases, 21,324  recoveries, 70 deaths in past 24 hours Jan 22, 2022 08:26 AM IST

    Coronavirus Omicron India Highlights: Kerala reports 45,136 new cases, 21,324 recoveries, 70 deaths in past 24 hours

    Coronavirus Omicron Highlights: According to the health ministry's data, India has recorded a total of 10,050 Omicron cases so far.

  • COVID-19 tests and vaccination lines continue amid Omicron spread Jan 21, 2022 05:36 PM IST

    COVID-19 tests and vaccination lines continue amid Omicron spread

    People line up for COVID tests and vaccines as infections continue to spread with the now-dominant Omicron variant, which is spreading far faster than previous versions of the coronavirus. A fast-spreading Omicron variant that causes milder illness compared with previous versions of the coronavirus has fuelled the view that COVID-19 poses less of a risk than in the past. But the extraordinary spread of Omicron in many countries means that in absolute numbers, more people will experience severe disease.

  • Sputnik V COVID vaccine shows higher Omicron-specific antibodies than Pfizer: Study Jan 21, 2022 12:55 PM IST

    Sputnik V COVID vaccine shows higher Omicron-specific antibodies than Pfizer: Study

    The joint Russian-Italian study — funded by the Russian Direct Investment Fund which markets Sputnik V — compared the blood serum samples of people taken three to six months after the second dose of the two vaccines.

  • Coronavirus Omicron India Highlights | Karnataka reports 48,049 new cases last 24 hours Jan 21, 2022 09:36 AM IST

    Coronavirus Omicron India Highlights | Karnataka reports 48,049 new cases last 24 hours

    Coronavirus Omicron India Highlights | According to the health ministry's data, India recorded a total of 9,692 Omicron cases so far, an increase of 4.36 percent since yesterday.

  • Budget gives a chance for urgent course correction on healthcare Jan 21, 2022 08:40 AM IST

    Budget gives a chance for urgent course correction on healthcare

    The pandemic has exposed the glaring gaps in India’s health infrastructure. While involving the private sector in tertiary care is fine for primary and secondary care, public resources must be augmented 

  • COVID-19 | Take a look at how coronavirus attacks and infects human cells Jan 20, 2022 05:15 PM IST

    COVID-19 | Take a look at how coronavirus attacks and infects human cells

    Mounting evidence suggests that the Omicron variant is less likely to cause serious infections of the throat and lungs. The process through which the novel coronavirus infects a cell is pretty much similar for all variants. Here is all you need to know about the infection.

  • Moneycontrol Pro Panorama | Is Omicron losing its sting?  Jan 20, 2022 04:08 PM IST

    Moneycontrol Pro Panorama | Is Omicron losing its sting? 

    In today’s edition of Moneycontrol Pro Panorama: ICICI Lombard makes the cut, the way forward for L&T Infotech, Budget Chart of the Day, Crypto Learn and more

  • Fight with official, climbing a tree: 2 men in UP try to escape Covid vaccination Jan 20, 2022 03:53 PM IST

    Fight with official, climbing a tree: 2 men in UP try to escape Covid vaccination

    COVID-19: Health workers have had to battle vaccine hesitancy in several parts of India.

  • Seems peak of COVID-19 3rd wave in Delhi has gone past: Satyendar Jain Jan 20, 2022 03:15 PM IST

    Seems peak of COVID-19 3rd wave in Delhi has gone past: Satyendar Jain

    Interacting with reporters, Jain said Delhi saw a record surge in the number of daily Covid cases recently with over 28,000 cases registered in a day and the positivity rate too had gone beyond 30 per cent.

  • COVID-19: Maharashtra govt allows reopening of schools from January 24 Jan 20, 2022 02:39 PM IST

    COVID-19: Maharashtra govt allows reopening of schools from January 24

    Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has approved a proposal to this effect sent to him by the school education department, she told reporters.

  • Supreme Court faces COVID wave, several judges test positive for coronavirus Jan 20, 2022 02:07 PM IST

    Supreme Court faces COVID wave, several judges test positive for coronavirus

    Supreme Court has been conducting completely virtual hearing since the beginning of January owing to the rise in number of COVID-19 cases in Delhi.

  • Austria introduces lottery as COVID vaccine incentive Jan 20, 2022 01:34 PM IST

    Austria introduces lottery as COVID vaccine incentive

    Roughly 72% of Austria's population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, one of the lowest rates in western Europe.

  • Britain must learn to live with COVID-19, it could be with us forever: Sajid Javid Jan 20, 2022 01:32 PM IST

    Britain must learn to live with COVID-19, it could be with us forever: Sajid Javid

    "COVID is not going away. It’s going to be with us for many, many years, perhaps forever, and we have to learn to live with it… I think we are leading Europe in the transition from pandemic to endemic and we’re leading the way in showing the world how you can live with COVID."

  • Air India gets FAA technical nod to fly Boeing 777, resume flights to New York Jan 20, 2022 01:03 PM IST

    Air India gets FAA technical nod to fly Boeing 777, resume flights to New York

    The national carrier has started operating flights to the US again after the FAA gave its consent to operate certain aircraft which comprised most Airbus SE and Boeing Co models, including Boeing's 777

  • COVID-19 vaccine booster provides effective antibody protection against Omicron: Lancet study Jan 20, 2022 12:50 PM IST

    COVID-19 vaccine booster provides effective antibody protection against Omicron: Lancet study

    Researchers from Francis Crick Institute and the National  Institute for Health Research (NIHR), UK, found that antibodies generated in people who had received only two doses of either the AstraZeneca or the Pfizer vaccine were less able to neutralise Omicron as compared to Alpha and Delta variants.

  • Novavax becomes Australia's 5th approved COVID-19 vaccine Jan 20, 2022 10:55 AM IST

    Novavax becomes Australia's 5th approved COVID-19 vaccine

    The country has ordered 51 million doses of the U.S.-manufactured vaccine, supplied under the brand Nuvaxovid, for its population of 26 million. Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Moderna vaccines are already in use in Australia. Johnson and Johnson's Janssen vaccine is also approved but the government has not bought any.

  • Coronavirus Update | India reports 3,17,532 new COVID-19 cases, 491 deaths, 2,23,990 recoveries Jan 20, 2022 10:37 AM IST

    Coronavirus Update | India reports 3,17,532 new COVID-19 cases, 491 deaths, 2,23,990 recoveries

    Coronavirus Update | The active cases rose to 19,24,051, the highest in 234 days, while the death toll climbed to 4,87,693 with 491 fresh fatalities, the data updated at 8 am stated.

  • Betting Omicron has peaked, PM Boris Johnson drops COVID rules in England Jan 20, 2022 08:57 AM IST

    Betting Omicron has peaked, PM Boris Johnson drops COVID rules in England

    Boris Johnson's light touch approach to dealing with Omicron saw him introduce work-at-home advice and vaccine passes as well as more mask-wearing on Dec. 8, although he stopped short of more onerous restrictions seen globally.

  • US to distribute 400 million free N95 masks at CVS, Walgreens in COVID fight Jan 20, 2022 08:51 AM IST

    US to distribute 400 million free N95 masks at CVS, Walgreens in COVID fight

    Snug-fitting N95 face masks, so-called because they filter at least 95% of particulate matter from the air, will be shipped to pharmacies and community health centers this week, the official said, and will be available for pickup late next week.

  • Coronavirus spreading like never before in Americas, health agency says Jan 20, 2022 08:07 AM IST

    Coronavirus spreading like never before in Americas, health agency says

    "The virus is spreading more actively than ever before," PAHO Director Carissa Etienne told a briefing.

  • Momentum in India's favour, need to prevail over COVID-19: Deloitte CEO on economic development Jan 20, 2022 07:40 AM IST

    Momentum in India's favour, need to prevail over COVID-19: Deloitte CEO on economic development

    Punit Renjen said India will be the fastest-growing large economy in the world in 2022, registering a growth of somewhere between eight and nine per cent. ''This is going to be India's century,'' Renjen told PTI in an interview.

  • Coronavirus Omicron India Highlights | Kerala govt imposes fresh restrictions to contain rising COVID cases Jan 20, 2022 07:31 AM IST

    Coronavirus Omicron India Highlights | Kerala govt imposes fresh restrictions to contain rising COVID cases

    Coronavirus Omicron India Highlights | The active cases rose to 19,24,051, the highest in 234 days, while the death toll climbed to 4,87,693 with 491 fresh fatalities, the data updated at 8 am stated.

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