Thursday, May 19, 2022


North Korea confirms first Covid-19 death in ‘explosive’ outbreak

With its 25 million people not vaccinated against Covid, North Korea's crumbling health infrastructure would struggle to deal with a major outbreak, experts say.

North Korea reports first Covid-19 outbreak

Authorities speak of 'a hole in our emergency quarantine front'.

South Africa’s new Covid cases cross 10,000 for first time since January

Health authorities have warned South Africa may be entering a fifth wave of infections driven by the BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron sub-variants.

Omicron as severe as other Covid variants, large US study shows

The findings, which estimated Omicron’s severity after accounting for the impact of vaccines, should reinforce the importance of inoculations and booster shots, experts say.

South Africa’s daily Covid cases soar 50% in one day amid new surge

25.9%, or more than one in four people who took tests, posted a positive result.

Two Omicron sub-variants driving South Africa Covid spike, says WHO

The UN health agency says the sub-lineages 'have acquired a few additional mutations that may impact their characteristics'.

South Africa says it may be entering fifth Covid wave

Health Minister Joe Phaahla says that although hospitalisations are picking up there is no dramatic change in admissions to intensive care units or deaths.

Unvaccinated children hospitalised at twice the rate during Omicron surge, says US study

The study found that peak Covid-19 hospitalisation rates among children in the age group were higher during the Omicron wave than when Delta was the predominant variant.

China’s Xi’an imposes temporary, partial lockdown to fight Omicron flare-up

Chinese President Xi Jinping says there should be no let up in virus control and prevention efforts while China will strive to minimise the policy's impact on the economic and social development.

South Korea to lift most Covid curbs from next week as Omicron wanes

The number of coronavirus cases in the country appears to have passed its peak after hovering over 620,000 a day in mid-March, with the daily infections falling to below 150,000.

Pfizer-BioNTech say booster dose increases protection vs Omicron in kids aged 5-11

Blood serum analysis of 30 paediatric participants who received a booster dose in a study showed a 36-fold increase in Omicron neutralising antibodies, the drugmakers say.

Jepun kesan kes pertama Omicron XE di lapangan terbang

Seorang wanita berusia 30-an didapati positif ketika menjalani ujian saringan di lapangan terbang Narita.

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