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Malaysia detects first omicron case in quarantined traveler from South Africa

  • KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has detected its first case of the omicron coronavirus variant in a foreign student who was quarantined after arrival from South Africa two weeks ago, its health minister said on Friday. Authorities had re-tested earlier positive samples after the World Health Organizati...

Britain seeks extra AstraZeneca shots to combat Beta COVID-19 variant

  • LONDON: Britain is in talks with AstraZeneca for additional doses of its COVID-19 vaccine that will have been modified to better target Beta coronavirus, health minister Matt Hancock said Wednesday. The Beta coronavirus variant was first identified in South Africa. Britain has previously secu...

Manila tightens virus curbs as local transmission of delta variant is confirmed

  • MANILA: The Philippines tightened coronavirus restrictions on Friday, after health authorities confirmed local transmission of the highly contagious delta variant of COVID-19. The Department of Health said in a statement on Thursday night that while half of the confirmed delta variant cases ar...

Hard-won gains at risk as Delta variant spreads- WHO

  • GENEVA: The world is at risk of losing hard-won gains in fighting COVID-19 as the highly transmissible Delta variant spreads, but WHO-approved vaccines remain effective, the World Health Organization said on Friday. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has described the Delt...

No new COVID-19 restrictions as Pakistan detects omicron sub-variant in incoming travelers

  • ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s National Institute of Health (NIH) said on Monday the first cases of the coronavirus omicron sub-variant BA.2.12.1 had been detected in samples collected at airports from foreign travelers. BA.2.12.1 is accounting for a growing share of United States cases — about 36 perc...

WHO warns that new coronavirus variant poses ‘very high’ risk

  • BRUSSELS: The World Health Organization (WHO) says the global risk from the omicron variant of the coronavirus is “very high” based on early evidence, and it could lead to surges with “severe consequences.” The UN health agency, in a technical memo to member states, says “considerable uncertai...

WHO Europe urges stronger action to contain new virus strain

  • COPENHAGEN: The World Health Organization is calling on its members in Europe to step up measures against coronavirus in the face of the new variant circulating in Britain, its European branch said Sunday. Outside Britain, nine cases of the new strain have been reported in Denmark, as well as ...

UK coronavirus strain does not cause more serious disease: Study

  • LONDON: The Kent variant of coronavirus does not cause more severe cases of COVID-19, but its increased rate of transmission could still see more people die as a result of catching it, according to scientists at King’s College London (KCL). There were fears that the strain, known as B.1.1.7, ...

AstraZeneca says booster shot effective against omicron as Pakistan reports more suspected cases

  • ISLAMABAD: British pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca said on Thursday a third shot of its COVID-19 vaccine effectively neutralized the omicron variant of the novel coronavirus during a recent study, as a Pakistani news channel announced six new suspected cases of infection caused by the new st...

UK regulator, vaccine makers discuss virus variants

  • LONDON: The UK’s medicine regulator has discussed with vaccine manufacturers the need for “potential modifications” to vaccines to ensure they protect against the new coronavirus variants emerging around the world. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said that “there...