Monday, 17 January, 2022
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Topic: Covid variant

‘IHU’ or B.1.640.2 — the new Covid variant detected in France which has 46 mutations

Researchers say the first patient identified to be infected with the variant had returned to France from a trip to Cameroon. 

Cough or fever first? Covid variants can make symptoms appear in different order, US study says

Symptom order can change with mutations in the virus, finds a study by researchers from the University of Southern California, published in 'PLOS Computational Biology'.

No evidence to suggest that existing vaccines do not work against Omicron: Health Ministry

The Ministry of Health issued frequently asked questions about the new variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus which rose to prominence after WHO flagged it as a variant of concern.

WHO urges caution as South Africa says Omicron variant causes ‘mild’ symptoms

WHO said understanding Omcron's severity will take days to weeks, adding that currently there is no information to suggest its symptoms are different from other Covid variants.

South Africans who tested Covid positive in India infected with Delta variant, says official

The official added that the South Africans tested positive on 11 and 20 November debunking the fear of any possible spread of the new Covid variant B.1.1.529, known as Omicron.

‘Draconian’ Covid travel bans are ‘misdirected’, South African health minister says

At a news briefing Friday, Health Minister Joe Phaahla said that the approach is wrong, misdirected and that some countries' leaders are finding a scapegoat to a worldwide problem.

The hunt for Covid strains: How Omicron variant was found and what we know so far

The new variant, called B.1.1529, does not seem to be a 'daughter of Delta' or 'grandson of Beta' but rather represents a new lineage of SARS-CoV-2.

WHO classifies new Covid strain as ‘variant of concern’, names it Omicron

The variant, first reported to WHO from South Africa, has also been identified in Botswana, Belgium, Hong Kong and Israel.

Delhi HC response on outcry over Khurshid book should be the go-to template against ban culture

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WHO discusses new Covid variant with ‘unusual’ mutations in South Africa

The new variant, called B.1.1529, is likely to have evolved during chronic infection of an immuno-compromised person, scientists say.

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RBI proposes changes to valuation of bank investments, relaxing of investment class rules

A Reserve Bank of India discussion paper Friday suggested removing caps on the Held-To-Maturity class of securities, and allowing more types of instruments to be held within them.


A visual from the crash site in Tamil Nadu. | Photo: Twitter/ANI

CDS chopper crash was caused by weather change, leading to Controlled Flight Into Terrain: IAF

In Friday statement, IAF says tri-service Court of Inquiry ruled out mechanical failure, sabotage or negligence as cause of accident involving Mi-17 V5 helicopter last month.
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Read my lips, I’m hurting, says Pakistan’s National Security Policy. What it means for India

The new policy is mostly chaff, but it reveals the most inward-looking Pakistan in 3 decades. It needs breathing space, and is realising loss of stature and friendship with US.