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Beijing reports its first locally transmitted Omicron variant case

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The Chinese capital, Beijing, has reported its first locally transmitted case of Omicron coronavirus variant, state media reported on Saturday, less than three weeks before the Beijing Olympic Winter Games. An officia...

Omarion is an R&B singer, not a Covid-19 variant

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One often overlooked aspect of the current pandemic is the effect that it has had on brands. The poor brands, who long ago settled on a cool-sounding name only to have it coopted by a deadly once-a-century health cris...

What do we know about the Omicron Covid variant so far?

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Since the first cases of Omicron were reported in the UK just over a month ago it has spread rapidly across the UK, fuelling a surge of infections. But scientists have also been working at speed. Here is an overview o...

Germany toughens Covid restrictions as Omicron variant takes hold

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Germans across large parts of the country face a tightening of rules governing both private and public spaces in an effort to slow down a wave of coronavirus infections triggered by the Omicron variant. Gatherings bot...

Britons shy away from Boxing Day sales amid concern over Omicron variant

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British consumers have largely stayed away from the traditional Boxing Day sales amid concern over the Omicron Covid variant, with visits to high streets, shopping centres and retail parks down more than 45% on pre-pa...

Omicron is exploding – but scientists are better prepared than for any past variant

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It’s beginning to feel a lot like last Christmas. Case numbers of a new Covid variant are exploding across the UK, and the prime minister is cautioning that restrictions may be called for. But while the threat of Omic...

Omicron is now dominant Covid-19 variant in US, officials say

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Omicron is now the dominant version of the coronavirus in the US, federal health officials said on Monday, racing ahead of Delta and other variants and accounting for 73% of new infections last week. The Centers for D...

MPs question Chris Whitty on impact of Omicron variant – watch live

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The chief medical officer for England, Chris Whitty, faces a select committee hearing where he will answer questions about the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, the day after new infections in the UK reached a recor...

Mainland China reports first case of Omicron coronavirus variant

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Mainland China has reported its first case of the highly transmissible Omicron variant in the northern city of Tianjin, posing what could be the biggest threat to date to the country’s zero-Covid strategy. The Chinese...

Omicron Covid variant could overwhelm NHS even if less severe, says Javid

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Hospitals are already operating at between 94% and 96% capacity, the organisation which represents NHS trusts has warned, as Sajid Javid said that there had been no known deaths from the Omicron variant in English hos...

Will Omicron kill Christmas? How science stacks up in boosters v Covid variant battle

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Two competing forces will determine Omicron’s impact on the nation over the next few weeks. The power of booster jabs to give last-minute protection against Covid-19 will be pitted against the new variant’s ability to...

US Covid cases surge as vaccine progress slows and Omicron variant sparks fears

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For Dr Rina D’Abramo of the MetroHealth System in Cleveland, it’s difficult when patients in the emergency room tell her they have not been vaccinated. “You can hear it in their voice when you say, ‘Are you vaccinated...

Queensland declares ‘world first’ Omicron Covid genetic variation but experts say it is not a new variant

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Queensland has declared a “world-first” sub-lineage of Omicron but experts say it’s not a new variant or a new strain and more information is needed. The new Omicron Covid sub-lineage, known as Omicron “like”, was ide...

Covid live news: South Korea surge sparks hospital alarm; ‘stealth’ Omicron variant found

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South Korea daily cases top 7,000 for first time; ‘stealth’ version of Omicron ‘cannot be detected by routine tests’; Boris Johnson staff filmed joking about No 10 party

Travel bans not the answer to Omicron variant, WHO says

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The Omicron coronavirus variant is “already everywhere” and travel bans will not stop its spread, the World Health Organization’s top Europe official has said, as the archbishop of Canterbury called for the scrapping ...

Covid-19: How fast is the Omicron variant spreading? podcast

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Over 40 countries have now confirmed the presence of Omicron. And, in the UK, scientists have been increasingly expressing their concern about the new variant. Some have speculated there could be more than 1,000 cases...

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