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Fears of new coronavirus variant weigh on oil prices

  • Brent prices averaged at $42 per barrel in November 2020, while in November 2021 at $83 per barrel, an increase of $41 a barrel. It indicates recovery in market fundamentals and demand. However, the price of a barrel of crude fell to $74 due to fears of new variants of the coronavirus reported ...

Philippines eyes stricter health measures amid variant threat

  • MANILA: Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has warned that the government may revert to tougher coronavirus restrictions to contain the spread of the delta variant in the country. In a recorded address to the public aired late on Monday night, Duterte cited Department of Health (DoH) data t...

Expect more worrisome variants after omicron, scientists say

  • DUBAI: Get ready to learn more Greek letters. Scientists warn that omicron’s whirlwind advance practically ensures it won’t be the last version of the coronavirus to worry the world. Every infection provides a chance for the virus to mutate, and omicron has an edge over its predecessors: It sp...

How the coronavirus’ delta variant disrupted Middle East’s ‘return to normal’ plans

  • DUBAI: Countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region with low rates of vaccination against COVID-19 have been experiencing an explosion of new cases and fatalities linked to the spread of the highly transmissible delta variant. Worldwide, the variant has been detected in at...

WHO chief scientist: pandemic has not ended as more variants expected

  • CAPE TOWN: The World Health Organization’s chief scientist, Soumya Swaminathan, said on Friday that the world was not yet at the end of the COVID-19 pandemic as there would be more coronavirus variants. “We have seen the virus evolve, mutate ... so we know there will be more variants, more var...

Kuwait reports new cases with Indian variant of coronavirus

  • DUBAI: The Kuwaiti Health Ministry announced Monday that it is monitoring some cases in the country that have been infected with the Indian variant of coronavirus.  Health ministry spokesman Abdullah Al-Sanad said it has been proven that some cases of the coronavirus Delta variant, ...

Pakistan confirms first three cases of new UK variant of coronavirus

  • ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Tuesday said samples of three people who had recently returned from the United Kingdom had confirmed the first cases of a new UK variant of the coronavirus in Pakistan. Pakistan’s Civil Aviation Authority said on Monday it would extend until January 4 a temporary restric...

Delta becomes dominant variant as positivity rate surges to 19% in Pakistan’s Karachi

  • KARACHI: The delta variant of the novel coronavirus, which was first detected in India, has become the dominant strain in Karachi, said Professor M. Iqbal Choudhary, director of the International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences, while talking to Arab News on Thursday, shortly after ...

Early signs COVID-19 vaccines may not stop Delta transmission, England says

  • LONDON: There are early signs that people who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 may be able to transmit the Delta variant of the virus as easily as those who have not, scientists at Public Health England (PHE) said on Friday. The findings chime with those from the US Centers for Disease Co...

London to be placed under stringent restrictions, as new COVID variant identified

  • LONDON: Britain’s capital London and parts of southeast England will be put under more stringent COVID-19 restrictions from early on Wednesday, health minister Matt Hancock said, saying the rise in cases could overwhelm hospital services. “Over the last week we’ve seen very sharp, exponential ...