Saturday, January 22, 2022


UK says Omicron sub-lineage a ‘variant under investigation’

BA.2 does not have the specific mutation seen with Omicron that can be used as a proxy to easily distinguish it from Delta.

EU told to prepare for fourth Covid vaccine doses, if needed

Vaccines adapted to Omicron could be ready as early as March, but the EU drugs regulator has said it is not yet clear whether they are needed.

As Japan infections surge, so does risk of pandemic fatigue

Studies of mobile phone traffic, train usage and other mobility data suggest levels of compliance by the public have steadily decreased.

Singapore approves booster jabs for teens

Teenagers aged 12 to 17 will be able to receive booster shots from next month.

Daily caseload crosses 4,000 mark

This takes total confirmed infections in the country to 2,824,973.

Qantas to cut more domestic capacity after Western Australia delays border opening

The opening planned for Feb 5, was cancelled late on Thursday, with authorities in Western Australia citing health risks from a surge in the Omicron variant of coronavirus in eastern states.

Hong Kong says will deal with those trying to prevent Covid hamster cull

Authorities say any effort to try to save hamsters will be dealt with, even if that means calling in the law.

Daily local Covid cases fall to nearly 2-month low in China

There were no new deaths, leaving the death toll at 4,636.

Western Australia state to stay shut as Omicron stalks the east

The state of 2.7 million has for months been effectively closed off to the rest of the country and the outside world, taking advantage of its natural isolation to keep cases low.

Austria makes Covid vaccination mandatory in EU first

The government initially wanted to cover everyone aged 14 and older, but now the measure only applies to adults, except pregnant women and those with a medical exemption.

Covid cases ‘drop significantly’ in Africa

Newly reported cases fell by 20% in the week to Sunday, while notified deaths dropped by 8%.

World breaks daily Covid case record

A significant proportion of less severe or asymptomatic cases go undetected despite intensified testing regimes since the beginning of the pandemic.

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