Wednesday, 6 July, 2022
TopicCovid variant

Topic: Covid variant

Possibility of new Covid variants really high, Omicron won’t be the last strain, WHO warns

WHO's Covid technical lead Maria Van Kerkhove in a briefing Tuesday described the new variants as 'wild card' & said that the UN body is tracking the virus in real time as it mutates.

US state Colorado confirms first case of faster-spreading Omicron sub-variant

BA.2 sub-variant, which has been detected in Europe & Asia, could result in increased rate of transmission. There is no evidence that it causes severity, state epidemiologist said.

Failure to vaccinate everyone will give rise to new variants, says UN chief

Antonio Guterres urged the international community, especially the global businesses, that 'we need all hands on deck' for recovery and economic rebound this coming year.

‘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.

On Camera

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(L-R) Joe Biden, Xi Jinping, and Narendra Modi | ThePrint

India has interests on both sides of US-China divide. Cold War holds clues for path ahead

India’s strategic balance is weighted towards the West and its economic balance is towards China. But it needs more to build a multipolar world order.
Illustration by Soham Sen

Keep calm and carry on: Unlike wheat, rice isn’t hot yet

The world is worried that India might restrict exports of rice after wheat, pushing prices higher and worsening global food security.

Defence

File photo of a defence personnel armed with a SiG 716 rifle near the Line of Control | Photo: Snehesh Alex Philip | ThePrint

Army puts out tender for 30k ‘night sights’ so its US-made assault rifles can aim better in dark

While an open tender has been issued for procurement of the optical instruments, Bengaluru-based firm Tonbo Imaging, whose services the Army has previously used, is a frontrunner.

Moral, political & ideological questions on Maharashtra: 1st is simplest to answer, 3rd trickiest

What is Shiv Sena’s ideology? We might say it’s been a convenient mix of extreme ethnic chauvinism & unforgiving Hindutva. Within the second, the party retained space to manoeuvre.
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