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COVID-19: WHO’s Tedros criticizes ‘blunt’ Omicron measures

New York: The head of the UN health agency has criticized “blunt” and “blanket” measures taken by countries in the past few days to stop the spread of the Omicron variant.

Existing RT-PCR tests can detect Omicron variant of COVID-19: Centre

New Delhi/IBNS: Existing COVID-19 tests like RT-PCR and RAT can detect traces of Omicon variant, Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya told the Parliament amid the scare over the new strain.

Two travellers from South Africa who reached Sydney via Singapore test positive for Omicron COVID

Sydney/UNI: Two travellers from South Africa who reached Sydney via Singapore have tested positive for the new Omicron COVID-19 variant.

Pakistan: 81 new dengue fever cases, 2 more deaths reported in Punjab

Islamabad/UNI/Xinhua: Pakistan's eastern Punjab province reported 81 new dengue fever cases and two more deaths during the last 24 hours, Secretary of the Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department of Punjab Imran Sikandar Baloch said Tuesday.

Centre reviews Public Health preparedness with states and UTs in view of new Omicron variant reported by WHO

New Delhi: Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan chaired a high-level meeting with States/UTs to review COVID-19 public health response measures and preparedness amid reports of Omicron variant of COVID19 across various countries, here on Tuesday in the presence of Dr V K Paul, Member (Health), NITI Aayog.

Australia 'not going back to lockdowns' in wake of Omicron Covid-19 variant: PM Scott Morrison

Canberra/UNI/Xinhua: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has declared that he will not allow the country to go back into lockdown owing to the Omicron variant of Covid-19.

World ‘dangerously unprepared’ for future pandemics unless leaders tackle inequalities, UNAIDS warns

New York: Unless leaders tackle stark inequalities, the world could face 7.7 million AIDS-related deaths over the next 10 years, the Joint UN Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) warned on Monday in a new report.

Moderna chief warns current vaccines might be less effective against Omicron variant

New York: Vaccine manufacturer Moderna chief has warned that the currently operating vaccines might be less effective against the Omicron strain of COVID-19 which was first believed to be detected in South Africa.

Omicron COVID variant underlines need for global ‘pandemic treaty’

New York: The emergence of the threatening new Omicron variant shows how important it is for the world to end the current “cycle of panic and neglect” over the COVID-19 pandemic, said the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday.

Still ‘not clear’ whether Omicron COVID variant is more transmissible or more severe than Delta: WHO

New York: The World Health Organization published on Sunday an update on the science regarding the new coronavirus variant Omicron which is causing global concern and sparking increasing flight bans on Southern African countries.

IIT Guwahati develops coating to modify ordinary cloth masks for better protection against COVID-19

Guwahati: Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati researchers have developed a ‘Nanometer Thick Superhydrophobic Coating’ material to modify ordinary cloth or silk masks that will maintain its comfort but offer better protection against aerosol-driven infections such as COVID-19.

COVID-19: More cases of Omicron variant reported in Australia's New South Wales state

Sydney/UNI/Xinhua: More cases infected with the new Omicron variant of COVID-19 were reported in Australia's state of New South Wales (NSW).

India registers 6990 COVID-19 cases in past 24 hours, 190 deaths

New Delhi: India, a nation which has witnessed a massive surge in daily count earlier this year and amid fear of omicron variant's entry in the country, registered  6,990 fresh cases in the past 24 hours, as per Ministry of Health released data on Tuesday.

Karnataka airport detects COVID strain 'different from Delta': Health minister

Bengaluru/IBNS: A passenger back from South Africa has tested positive for a COVID-19 strain "different than Delta", Karnataka Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar said on Monday amid fears of new variant Omicron.

COVID: Two families informed about bodies of members succumbed to virus rotting since 2020

Bengaluru/IBNS: Nearly a year and a half after they lost their loved ones to Covid-19, two families in Bengaluru have now come to know that the bodies have been rotting since 2020 in the hospital's mortuary.