US to Restrict Flights Over New Heavily Mutated Omicron COVID-19 Variant

Beginning on Monday November 29, 2021 the United States will restrict flights from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Swaziland (Eswatini), Mozambique and Malawi over deepening concerns over the dangerous new Omicron COVID-19 strain. Only U.S. citizens and legal residents …

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Nu COVID Variant Detected in Botswana

Scientists are observing a newly discovered COVID-19 strain (B. 1.1529), the NU variant, which has a large number of spike mutations. “Currently only 4 sequences so would recommend monitoring for now. Export to Asia implies this might be more widespread …

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India’s Covaxin Less Effective Against Delta, Study Shows

New research found that Covaxin, India’s homegrown vaccine, may be less effective than what initial results found as it provides only 50 percent protection against symptomatic COVID-19 in a real world study. Researchers at the All India Institute of Medical …

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Germans Warn of ‘Really Terrible Christmas’ Amid Surge in COVID-19 Cases

Germany faces a “really terrible Christmas” if efforts are not taken to prevent a huge rise on the latest COVID-19 cases, the country’s Robert Koch Institute warned on Thursday. The Director of the Institute, Lothar Wieler has called for strict …

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World Health Organization Warns EU and Asia are at Center of Pandemic

WHO European director Hans Kluge warned that Asia and Europe are once again at the center of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Today, every single country in Europe and Central Asia is facing a real threat of COVID-19 resurgence or already fighting …

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Bird Flu Prevention Zone Declared Across UK

Chief Veterinary Officers from England, Scotland, and Wales have declared an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) across the whole UK after detecting numerous cases. As of 5 pm, local time on 3 November 2021 all bird keepers in Great Britain …

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China’s Delta Variant COVID Outbreak Worsens With 93 New Cases Recorded

The Chinese National Health Commission said it recorded fresh cases of local infections on Wednesday as the highly infectious delta variant continues to spread across the country. The health commission reported COVID-19 cases surged to a near 3-month high with …

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At least Seven People Infected with Novel Tick-borne Yezo Virus in Japan

Japanese scientists have discovered the Yezo virus, a new tick-borne zoonotic virus in Hokkaido. “At least seven people have been infected with this new virus in Japan since 2014,” said Dr. Keita Matsuno, a virologist in the International Institute for …

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