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Shanghai residents resort to bartering as lockdown chokes daily need supplies

Shanghai(China): The residents of China's business hub Shanghai are resorting to bartering as a prolonged lockdown has choked their access to daily necessities and essential commodities, media reports said.

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern calls off her wedding after new Covid rules amid Omicron rise

Wellington/IBNS: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called off her own wedding on Sunday as she tightened Covid-19 restrictions in the country amid the outbreak of the Omicron variant.

Canada's Ontario announces new public health measures, restrictions amid rise of Omicron variant

Toronto/IBNS:  A number of new public health measures were announced  on Jan 3 during a news conference by the Ontario Premier Doug Ford joined by his ministers of health and finance, as well as Dr. Kieran Moore, Ontario's chief medical officer of health, and Matthew Anderson, CEO of Ontario Health 

Pakistan: 18 fresh Omicron cases detected in Islamabad

Islamabad: Pakistan's Islamabad city is witnessing a rise in Omicron cases as 18 new instances were detected in recent times, media reports said on Monday.

Some 3,000 flights canceled, 11,500 delayed worldwide on Tuesday

Washington/UNI/Sputnik: Almost 3,000 flights have been canceled and more than 11,500 flights have been delayed worldwide on Tuesday amid the surge of the coronavirus Omicron variant, according to flight tracking website FlightAware.

Omicron spread: Netherlands initiates tight lockdown measures

Amsterdam: The Netherlands government has started tight lockdown measures during Christmas to combat Omicron spread.

Omicron: School closures must be ‘avoided whenever possible’

New York: COVID-19 cases are spiking all over the world, but the Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Friday that despite the rise of the highly transmissible Omicron variant “nationwide school closures should be avoided whenever possible.”

Pakistan: Karachi reports second Omicron case, patient escapes quarantine centre

Karachi: Pakistan city of Karachi has recorded its second case of an Omicron infected patient, media reports said on Friday.

Joe Biden says Omicron variant spreading in US, 'going to increase'

Washington/UNI/Sputnik: US President Joe Biden warned on Thursday that the coronavirus Omicron variant has begun spreading in the United States.

Another 633 Omicron cases identified in UK in biggest daily jump

London/UNI/Xinhua: Another 633 Omicron cases have been confirmed in Britain, the biggest daily increase since the COVID-19 variant was detected in the country, taking the total cases found in the country to 1,898, British health authorities said Saturday.

Nepal reports two Omicron variant cases

Kathmandu: Nepal has reported two Omicron variant infected cases, media reports said on Monday.

Scientists warn border bans too late to stop Omicron variant spread, hold back studies: Report

London/UNI/Sputnik: Scientists have warned that new travel restrictions are ineffective against the Omicron coronavirus strain and risk slowing down studies of the variant, according to a report by the journal Nature.

Saudi Arabia detects first Omicron case

Saudi Arabia on Wednesday confirmed it has detected the first Omicron infected case in the country.

US hails South Africa for quick, transparent response to emergence of Omicron strain

Washington/UNI/Sputnik: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has thanked South Africa for a swift and transparent approach to the emergence of the new, Omicron, variant of the coronavirus, US State Department Spokesperson Ned Price said.

Israel temporarily closes borders to prevent spread of Omicron strain: Prime Minister

Tel Aviv/UNI/Sputnik: Israel is banning the entry of foreigners for two weeks in order to prevent the spread of the new Omicron coronavirus strain, the office of Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett informs.