Tuesday, November 30, 2021

virus variants

World races to contain new Covid variant

Scientists are racing to determine the threat posed by the heavily mutated strain, which is more transmissible than the dominant Delta variant, and whether it can evade existing vaccines.

Dutch find 61 Covid positive on ‘dystopia’ flights from South Africa

Passengers say they endured miserable hours at the arrivals hall to get tested, with witnesses saying many people failed to wear face masks or keep to social distancing.

New strain dubbed Omicron, declared ‘variant of concern’

The classification puts Omicron into the most-troubling category of Covid-19 variants, along with the globally dominant Delta, plus its weaker rivals Alpha, Beta and Gamma.

Too early to know if Covid variant needs new vaccine, says EU drug regulator

The European Medicines Agency says it needs more details to see if the strain, which has 'numerous mutations', could evade the current four jabs authorised for the bloc.

Pandemic picks up pace as cases double in Africa

Apart from South Africa, where the number of cases rose by 892% following an upward revision of figures, Vietnam was the country where the pandemic picked up most speed.

Malaysia, Singapore curb arrivals from southern Africa over new variant

Citizens and foreigners holding permanent resident status will be allowed to return to Singapore and Malaysia, but will have to undergo quarantine.

South Africa detects new Covid-19 variant, implications still unclear

B.1.1.529 has a 'very unusual constellation' of mutations, which are concerning because they could help it evade the body's immune response and make it more transmissible, scientists say.

Israel holds ‘war drill’ in case of new Covid strain

The simulation covered different aspects of a crisis, including mass inoculation, ordering curfews and imposing a flight ban.

UK monitoring ‘subvariant’ of Delta strain

The government says it is keeping a close eye on the AY.4.2 variant but there is no evidence that it spreads more easily.

42 cases involving Delta, Beta variants recorded in Terengganu since June

Thirty-three were of the Delta variant while the rest were of the Beta strain.

Turn the page on Covid-19? Not so fast, say experts

Global cases are declining but experts warn that unequal vaccine access could still lead to the emergence of new and more deadly variants of the virus.

Delta overwhelming other Covid variants of concern, says WHO

Delta has been detected in more than 185 countries to date.

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