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UK to provide genomic sequencing to Pakistan, others to help track new coronavirus variants

  • LONDON: Britain said on Wednesday it would provide genomic sequencing support to Brazil, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria and Pakistan to help identify, assess and track new variants of the novel coronavirus. The novel coronavirus, which has killed 4 million people globally since it emerged in China i...
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Philippines reports record coronavirus cases as Delta variant spreads

  • MANILA: The Philippines health ministry reported a record 18,332 COVID-19 infections on Monday and for the first time acknowledged community transmission of the highly contagious Delta variant of the virus in its capital region. The region, an urban sprawl containing the capital, Manila, and 1...
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Pakistan warns of ‘rapid’ build up of COVID-19 hospital patients as Delta strain hits

  • ISLAMABAD: Pakistani planning minister Asad Umar, who heads the country’s pandemic response body, the NCOC, cautioned people on Thursday to follow coronavirus standard operating procedures and get vaccinated, saying there was a “rapid” increase in the number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals an...
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Pfizer and BioNTech launch trial of omicron-targeted COVID-19 vaccine

  • NEW YORK: Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE said on Tuesday they started a clinical trial to test a new version of their vaccine specifically designed to target the COVID-19 omicron variant, which has eluded some of the protection provided by the original two-dose vaccine regimen. The companies plan...
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UK says COVID-19 booster and annual vaccinations very probable

  • LONDON: A COVID-19 booster in the autumn and then annual vaccinations are very probable, Britain’s vaccine deployment minister said on Sunday as countries race to administer injections in the face of new variants. Britain has already injected over 12 million first doses of COVID-19 vacci...
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Australia’s Victoria reports five new COVID-19 cases

  • MELBOURNE: Australia’s second-most populous state Victoria on Saturday reported a small increase in locally acquired COVID-19 cases as authorities hunted for the source of a highly infectious variant that has been detected in a new cluster. Five new local cases were reported, taking Victoria’s...
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Denmark pushes third vaccine dose to combat omicron

  • COPENHAGEN: Danish health authorities said Monday a third dose of the Covid-19 vaccine would be offered sooner to everyone over 40 to curb the spread of the omicron variant. “Due to the new and more contagious omicron variant the Danish Health Authority has decided to push the third jab for ev...
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UK reports record daily COVID-19 cases with omicron spreading rapidly

  • LONDON: The United Kingdom recorded its highest daily coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic on Wednesday as a senior British health chief said there could be a “staggering” rise in cases over the next few days. A further 78,610 COVID-19 infections were reported, about 10,000 more t...
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New deltacron subvariant of COVID-19 almost as infectious as measles: Expert

  • LONDON: The new omicron subvariant of COVID-19 was almost as infectious as measles, one of the most contagious diseases in human history, a top virus expert has warned. The variant — dubbed deltacron because it combines elements of the omicron and delta variants — has been detected in parts o...
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Delta coronavirus variant believed to have 60% transmission advantage: UK epidemiologist

  • LONDON: The Delta coronavirus variant of concern, first identified in India, is believed to be 60 percent more transmissible than the Alpha variant which was previously dominant in Britain, a prominent UK epidemiologist said on Wednesday. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that Engl...
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