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Vaccines, prior infections to blunt Omicron impact: India

Vaccines, prior infections to blunt Omicron impact: India

India expects the Omicron variant of coronavirus to cause less severe disease, the health ministry said yesterday, thanks to vaccinations and high prior exposure to the Delta variant that infected nearly 70% of the population by July.

Pope slams ‘slavery’, ‘torture’ in migrant camps

Pope slams ‘slavery’, ‘torture’ in migrant camps

Pope Francis condemned “slavery” and “torture” in migrant camps, drawing parallels with World War II, during a mass yesterday for migrants in the Cyprus capital Nicosia.

University students work magic to turn campus into Hogwarts

University students work magic to turn campus into Hogwarts

It took more than a wave of a wand, but Pakistani university students transformed their 150-year-old campus into Hogwarts this week as they kicked off a festival celebrating the fictional young wizard Harry Potter.

WHO says no Omicron deaths yet as variant spreads globally

WHO says no Omicron deaths yet as variant spreads globally

The Omicron variant has been detected in 38 countries but no deaths have yet been reported, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said yesterday as authorities worldwide rushed to stem the spread of the heavily mutated coronavirus (Covid-19) strain.

Germany, US agree to new Covid curbs as Omicron spreads across the globe

Germany, US agree to new Covid curbs as Omicron spreads across the globe

Germany has decided to bar the unvaccinated from all but the most essential businesses, and the United States is due to announce further travel curbs as countries around the globe scramble to keep out the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

Twitter closes 3,500 propaganda accounts in 6 countries

Twitter closes 3,500 propaganda accounts in 6 countries

Twitter said yesterday that it had shut down nearly 3,500 accounts that were posting pro-government propaganda in six countries, including China and Russia.

Pope urges European unity amid migrant influx

Pope urges European unity amid migrant influx

Pope Francis has urged unity as Europe faces an influx of refugees and migrants, speaking on the divided Mediterranean island of Cyprus, a major destination for people fleeing war and poverty.

India reports first Omicron cases, no plan for boosters

India reports first Omicron cases, no plan for boosters

India reported its first two cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant yesterday but the government said it had no immediate plan to authorise booster vaccine shots despite demands from lawmakers.

US tightens Covid-19 travel rules as countries race to quell Omicron threat

US tightens Covid-19 travel rules as countries race to quell Omicron threat

Air travellers to the United States will face tougher Covid-19 testing rules, as several countries moved to seal-off their borders amid heightened uncertainty around the virulence of the Omicron variant and its ability to dodge existing vaccines.

EU drug watchdog chief: could approve Covid-19 shot against new variant in 3-4 months

EU drug watchdog chief: could approve Covid-19 shot against new variant in 3-4 months

The EU drug regulator could approve Covid-19 vaccines that have been adapted to target the new variant within three to four months if needed, the agency's chief said on Tuesday as she said existing shots would continue to provide protection.

India says Omicron shows up on tests, advises states to ramp up checks

India says Omicron shows up on tests, advises states to ramp up checks

India's union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan said on Tuesday that the Omicron variant does show up on RT-PCR and RAT testing

Australia on alert as first Omicron community case confirmed

Australia on alert as first Omicron community case confirmed

Australian authorities on Tuesday confirmed a person with Covid-19 had the new Omicron variant after disclosing that the person had been active in the community, but urged calm as they weighed up the severity of the strain.

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