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File photo of passengers outside Kempe Gowda International Airport in Bengaluru | ANI Photo

Karnataka to conduct RT PCR test of passengers arriving from Omicron-affected countries

Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar said passengers found positive will stay near the airport, and announced mandatory home quarantine for all arrivals from these countries.
A man wears a mask while walking past a coronavirus graffiti in Mumbai | Representational image | ANI Photo

Maharashtra to fine organisations Rs 50,000 for violating Covid norms

In Mumbai, passengers arriving from South Africa will be quarantined and their samples will be sent for genome sequencing.
Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka

Bangladesh suspends travel from South Africa as Omicron threat looms

Calling the new Covid variant 'extremely aggressive', Bangladesh's Health Minister Zahid Maleque said they are strengthening screening procedures at all airports and ports.
A sign for the Covid-19 testing centre at London Luton Airport | Representational image | Photo: Chris Ratcliffe | Bloomberg

Two cases of Omicron variant detected in UK, patients in self-isolation

The patients were found in Chelmsford and Nottingham. Health Secretary Sajid Javid said the two cases are linked.
File photo of Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Anil Baijal | Twitter

Delhi L-G asks hospitals to prepare to deal with any emergency as concerns grow over Omicron

Delhi Disaster Management Authority is likely to take a call on RT-PCR testing of international passengers and quarantining arrivals from countries where the variant has been found.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi chairs a meeting to review the Covid situation, through video conferencing, in New Delhi, on 27 November 2021 | PTI Photo

Amid Omicron threat, PM Modi says ‘monitor international arrivals, focus on at-risk countries’

PM Modi was briefed on the Covid situation, especially the Omicron variant that has been spreading in southern Africa. He asked for a review of plans to ease international travel.
A sign reminds visitors to wear face masks while visiting a Christmas market in Frankfurt, Germany, on 22 November 2021 | Photo: Alex Kraus | Bloomberg

Omicron variant reminds the world that Covid pandemic is far from over

With escalating infections, restrictions and a new mutation, the battle against Covid has suffered a setback. A taste of deja vu is evident as the week comes to an end.
People at the departures terminal at Cape Town International Airport in Cape Town, on 31 March 2021 | Representational image | Bloomberg File Photoa

UK, EU to ban flights from southern African countries amid concerns over new Covid variant

South Africa hit back at UK's move, saying it was taken 'too hastily'. The new variant of the virus has the most mutations of any strain yet identified.
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What’s the new Covid variant in South Africa, and why it’s of ‘serious’ concern even in India

The new variant, B.1.1.529, seems to be dominating all infections in South Africa in less than two weeks. No cases in India yet, but scientists and Union health secy have raised alarm.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal speaks with auto-taxi drivers during an interaction in Haridwar, on 21 November 2021 | ANI photo

Delhi govt to hold meet on threat of new Covid variant from African countries

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal informed that experts have been asked to make a presentation to the DDMA Monday to suggest steps that should be taken.
A file photo of Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai | Photo: Commons

Peng Shuai saga shows Communist Party doesn’t want US-style #MeToo movement in China

Peng, a former Wimbledon champion, has disappeared since she penned a social media post accusing former Chinese Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli of sexual misconduct.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Bezos, Branson & Musk — Are billionaires popularising space travel or just on an ego trip?

Jeff Bezos will travel to the edge of space in his New Shepard aircraft — more than a week after billionaire Richard Branson defeated him in a fast developing space race.