• 04 December, 2023
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Omicron cases in Canada’s Ontario could soon swamp critical care units – panel

OTTAWA (Reuters) - The Omicron variant of COVID-19 is spreading rapidly in Ontario, Canada's most populous province, and could overwhelm intensive care units early next month without prompt intervention, a…

UK reports record daily COVID cases with Omicron spreading rapidly

By Andrew MacAskill LONDON (Reuters) - The United Kingdom recorded its most daily coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic on Wednesday as a senior British health chief said…

COVID-19 vaccines may be less effective against Omicron – WHO

GENEVA (Reuters) - Preliminary evidence indicates that COVID-19 vaccines may be less effective against infection and transmission linked to the Omicron coronavirus variant, which also carries a higher risk of…

Mainland China detects first case of Omicron coronavirus variant – state media

(Reuters) - Health authorities in northern China's port city of Tianjin have detected the first case of the Omicron coronavirus variant in the country's mainland, the state-run Tianjin Daily reported…

Masks come off, rallies begin as India’s COVID-19 patient load falls

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India reported its lowest tally of active COVID-19 cases in 18 months on Monday, but a sharp drop in the use of protective face masks is…

Omicron will spread through Americas in time, warns regional health agency

BRASILIA (Reuters) - The Omicron variant of the coronavirus has so far been detected in the Americas in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Mexico and the United States, but it is…

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

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) -The Omicron variant has been reported in 57 nations and the number of patients needing hospitalisation is likely to rise as it spreads, the World…

India detects third Omicron case, reports 415 COVID-19 deaths

By Sumit Khanna AHMEDABAD (Reuters) - India reported its third case of the Omicron coronavirus variant on Saturday, government officials said, while many European and Asian countries have shown a…

WHO’s top scientist says Omicron could displace Delta

By Francesco Guarascio and Stephanie Nebehay (Reuters) -The World Health Organization's chief scientist told the Reuters Next conference on Friday the Omicron variant could become dominant because it is highly…

S.Africa’s health body sees threefold higher risk of reinfection from Omicron

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) -The new Omicron variant of the coronavirus poses a threefold higher risk of reinfection than the currently dominant Delta variant and the Beta strain, a group of South…

India reports first Omicron cases, no plan to authorise boosters

By Anuron Kumar Mitra and Chandini Monnappa BENGALURU (Reuters) - India reported its first two cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant on Thursday but the government said it had no…

How South African scientists spotted the Omicron COVID variant

By Tim Cocks JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - On Friday Nov. 19, Raquel Viana, Head of Science at one of South Africa's biggest private testing labs, sequenced the genes on eight coronavirus…