Gujarat detects its 1st case of Omicron's sub-variant XE as Mumbai man tests positive in Vadodara

Gujarat reported its first case of XE, a sub-variant of Omicron, after a man from Mumbai tested positive for COVID-19 during his visit to Vadodara, an official said on Saturday. The man had tested positive for the infection last month and later returned to Mumbai. But the report about detection of the XE sub-variant in him was received on Friday, he said, adding that the man's current status is not known to the authorities in Vadodara.

published on : 9th April 2022

UK reports its first case of Deltacron, hybrid of Omicron and Delta strain | Shorts

A new type of Coronavirus that is a hybrid form of Delta and Omicron has been detected in the UK. The hybrid ‘Deltacron’ was developed in a patient who caught both variants, Delta and Omicron, at the same time. The officials are probing whether it was imported or originated in Britain.

published on : 20th February 2022

Omicron subvariant BA.2 could be more contagious, found in 57 countries: WHO

A subvariant of the highly contagious #Omicron coronavirus strain- BA.2 has been detected in 57 countries. According to the #WHO, some studies indicate that the sub-variant could be even more infectious than the original version.

published on : 2nd February 2022

Omicron now in 171 countries, will soon replace Delta globally: WHO

The Omicron variant of Covid-19 has been identified in 171 countries, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said. In its latest technical brief, the global health body said that Omicron is soon set to replace Delta globally as a result of its immunity evading potential.

published on : 24th January 2022

Omicron in community transmission stage in India, new sub-variant found

"Omicron is now in community transmission in India and has become dominant in multiple metros, where new cases have been rising exponentially. BA.2 lineage is in a substantial fraction in India and S gene dropout based screening is thus likely to give high false negatives," the INSACOG bulletin said.

published on : 23rd January 2022

This Covid wave may trail into March: Eminent virologist Dr V Ravi

Eminent virologist, nodal officer the INSACOG lab at NIMHANS, Head of Research and Development, Tata Medical and Diagnostic Centre, Dr V Ravi, in an exclusive interview with The New Sunday Express, speaks about the INSACOG’s changed strategy and also on how districts in Karnataka will now have to be careful as they will start to peak soon.

published on : 17th January 2022

Tested positive for Covid-19? Here's how you can gauge if it's the Delta or Omicron variant

Doctors from AIG Hospitals have made certain inferences on the manifestations of Covid's Omicron and Delta variants, based on known research and their personal observations of patients they have treated. These distinguishing factors come into play because the Delta variant tends to manifest in very extreme forms, they said. #Covid #Delta #DeltaCovid #Omicron #OmicronCovid #Deltasymptoms #Omicronsymptoms #OmicronvsDelta #Covidvariant #Covidsymptoms #HowtodetectOmicron #HowtodetectDelta

published on : 16th January 2022

INTERVIEW | Prevent severity of Omicron with maximum vaccination cover: Senior South African doctor

In Conversation with TNIE, Dr Angelique Coetzee, Chairperson, South African Medical Association, the doctor who first identified Omicron, say rather than the positivity rate, the focus has to be at ICU admissions and deaths per day. Dr Angelique also adds that the severity of Omicron can be tackled with maximum vaccination cover.

published on : 15th January 2022

Common cold T cells may offer protection against COVID: UK study

People with higher levels of T cells from common cold coronaviruses are less likely to become infected with SARS-CoV-2, the strain which causes COVID-19, according to a new UK study led by Indian-origin researchers on Monday.

published on : 11th January 2022

India reports over one lakh new COVID cases, Omicron tally crosses 3000 mark

India reported 1,17,100 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the daily positivity rate in the country to 7.74 per cent, said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Friday. With this, the country's COVID-19 case tally has gone up to 3,52,26,386.

published on : 7th January 2022

Omicron less severe as it mostly avoids attacking lungs: Report

A series of recently published studies found that the fast-moving #Omicron variant may be less severe than other #Covid19 strains because of the way it attacks the lungs, media reports say. According to The New York Times, studies on mice and hamsters have found that Omicron produced less damaging infections to the #Lungs, and instead was limited largely to the nose, throat, and windpipe.

published on : 4th January 2022

Kerala could be staring at Omicron surge amid Delta wave in new year

With #Omicron infections set to rise in the coming weeks, #Kerala could be facing a unique challenge. The state is staring at a possible Omicron-Delta double whammy - just like the ones some European countries are now weathering.

published on : 2nd January 2022

Cinemas shut, 50% seating on Metro: Delhi sounds yellow alert, clamps curbs over rising Covid cases

A yellow alert has been sounded in Delhi and some restrictions imposed under the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) in view of the rising number of Covid cases in the city, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Tuesday. The Level-1 or YellowAlert for Covid restrictions has been imposed due to the surge in coronavirus cases. 

published on : 28th December 2021

'Ready to handle one lakh cases a day': Arvind Kejriwal on COVID-19 Surge

On December 23rd, Delhi CM #ArvindKejriwal said that Delhi is fully prepared to handle a third wave of Covid-19 and the threat from the Omicron variant of the virus.

published on : 23rd December 2021

Another storm coming': WHO warns of omicron surge

The WHO’s top official in Europe urged governments on Dec 21st to prepare for a “significant surge” in coronavirus cases across the continent due to the omicron variant, which is already dominant in several countries. UK reported more than 100,000 new daily cases for the first time as Omicron surged.

published on : 23rd December 2021
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