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

  • GENEVA: The omicron variant has been reported in 57 nations and the number of patients needing hospitalization is likely to rise as it spreads, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday. The WHO, in its weekly epidemiological report, said more data was needed to assess the severity of di...
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Omicron may be less severe in young and old, but not ‘mild’ — WHO

  • GENEVA: The more infectious omicron variant of COVID-19 appears to produce less severe disease than the globally dominant Delta strain, but should not be categorized as “mild,” World Health Organization (WHO) officials said on Thursday. Janet Diaz, WHO lead on clinical management, said early s...
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Scientists raise alarm over COVID-19 variant with ‘horrific’ number of mutations

  • LONDON: A new variant of COVID-19 has emerged in southern Africa with an “incredibly high” number of mutations, scientists have warned. It is feared that the variant, officially named B.1.1529 and first identified in Botswana, could drive further transmissions of the disease. Very few cases...
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Delta variant accounts for 50% new Pakistani COVID-19 cases — National Institute of Health

  • ISLAMABAD: The Delta COVID-19 variant is fast spreading across Pakistan, a senior official at the government-funded National Institute of Health (NIH) said on Saturday, confirming that half of the daily positive cases in the country were caused by the highly contagious strain. The Delta varian...
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Pakistan says hopes to keep educational institutes open amid new Omicron variant

  • ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mahmood said on Monday the Pakistan government wanted to continue education activities and keep schools and colleges open amid reports of a new COVID-19 variant named Omicron. The Omicron variant spread around the world on Sunday, with new case...
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Pakistan says still evaluating five samples to confirm new UK coronavirus strain 

  • ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s health ministry said on Tuesday it was evaluating five samples to confirm the presence of a new United Kingdom variant of the coronavirus in the country as part of a proactive effort to stem the spread of the virus. There are five samples — two at the National Institute ...
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WHO urges greater cooperation to keep pace with coronavirus mutations

  • NEW YORK: Researchers worldwide must make greater efforts to work together to quickly identify new variants of SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The plea came during a virtual gathering of more than 1,750 scientists from 124 countries, which was convened by the World Health Org...
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Omicron variant detected in more countries as scientists race to find answers

  • LONDON/AMSTERDAM: The omicron coronavirus variant spread around the world on Sunday, with new cases found in the Netherlands, Denmark and Australia even as more countries imposed travel restriction to try to seal themselves off. The World Health Organization (WHO) said it was not yet clear whe...
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Cyprus reports first cases of Indian Covid-19 variant in travelers from Pakistan, other nations

  • NICOSIA: Cyprus confirmed its first cases Wednesday of the Covid-19 variant behind the acceleration of India’s explosive outbreak, detected among four people quarantined upon arrival, the health ministry said. The cases were detected in people arriving from India, Nepal, Pakistan and the Phili...
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BioNTech CEO confident COVID-19 vaccine will work on UK variant

  • BERLIN: German pharmaceutical company BioNTech is confident that its coronavirus vaccine works against the new UK variant, but further studies are need to be completely sure, its chief executive said Tuesday. The variant, detected mainly in London and the southeast of England in recent weeks, ...
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