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Czech Republic Reports First Case Of New Covid Strain: Hospital

Czech Republic Reports First Case Of New Covid Strain: Hospital

Agence France-Presse | Sunday November 28, 2021, Prague

The regional hospital in the northern Czech city of Liberec confirmed the new 'Omicron' strain of Covid-19 in a female patient, its spokesman Vaclav Ricar told Czech Television on Saturday.

Dutch Find 61 Covid Cases On South Africa Flights Amid New Strain Worry

Dutch Find 61 Covid Cases On South Africa Flights Amid New Strain Worry

Agence France-Presse | Sunday November 28, 2021, Schiphol

Dutch health authorities said Saturday the new 'Omicron' strain of Covid-19 was "probably" among some of the 61 passengers who tested positive after arriving on two flights from South Africa.

UK, Germany, Italy Detect Cases Of New Covid Variant

UK, Germany, Italy Detect Cases Of New Covid Variant

Reuters | Sunday November 28, 2021, London/Berlin/Amsterdam

Britain, Germany and Italy detected cases of the new 'Omicron' coronavirus variant on Saturday and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced new steps to contain the virus, while more nations imposed restrictions on travel from southern Africa.

PM Modi Invited To US' 'Summit For Democracy', Likely To Participate: Report

PM Modi Invited To US' 'Summit For Democracy', Likely To Participate: Report

Press Trust of India | Sunday November 28, 2021, New Delhi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been invited to the "Summit for Democracy"convened by US President Joe Biden next month and he is likely to participate in the virtual meet, sources said on Friday.

UK Confirms First Two Cases Of New Covid Strain 'Omicron'

UK Confirms First Two Cases Of New Covid Strain 'Omicron'

Agence France-Presse | Saturday November 27, 2021, London

Britain on Saturday confirmed its first two cases of the new Omicron strain of Covid-19, both linked to travel from southern Africa.

Doctor Killed By Taliban For Not Stopping At Afghan Checkpoint: Report

Doctor Killed By Taliban For Not Stopping At Afghan Checkpoint: Report

Asian News International | Saturday November 27, 2021, Kabul

Taliban have killed a young physician in Afghanistan's Herat province, local media reported citing sources on Friday.

2 Dead, Thousands Of Homes Without Power As Powerful Storm Batters UK

2 Dead, Thousands Of Homes Without Power As Powerful Storm Batters UK

Agence France-Presse | Saturday November 27, 2021, London

Two people were killed, thousands of homes cut off from power and drivers stuck on freezing roads overnight as a powerful storm hit the northern UK, authorities said Saturday.

Being "Punished" For Detecting New Covid Variant Omicron: South Africa

Being "Punished" For Detecting New Covid Variant Omicron: South Africa

Agence France-Presse | Saturday November 27, 2021, Johannesburg, South Africa

South Africa said Saturday it is being "punished" for detecting a new Covid-19 variant Omicron which the World Health Organization has termed a "variant of concern" and is more transmissible than the dominant Delta strain.

New Strain Causes "Mild Disease", Says South African Medical Body: Report

New Strain Causes "Mild Disease", Says South African Medical Body: Report

Asian News International | Saturday November 27, 2021, Johannesburg

The new Omicron variant of the coronavirus results in mild disease, without prominent syndromes, Angelique Coetzee, the chairwoman of the South African Medical Association, told Sputnik on Saturday.

"Be Vigilant", WHO Tells Southeast Asia Nations Amid New Variant Concerns

"Be Vigilant", WHO Tells Southeast Asia Nations Amid New Variant Concerns

Press Trust of India | Saturday November 27, 2021, New Delhi

Amid the detection of a new coronavirus variant and surge in cases elsewhere, the WHO Saturday asked countries in the southeast Asia region to scale up surveillance, strengthen public health and social measures, and enhance vaccination coverage.

Hundreds Stuck After Sudden Travel Curbs On South Africa Over New Strain

Hundreds Stuck After Sudden Travel Curbs On South Africa Over New Strain

Press Trust of India | Saturday November 27, 2021, ByFakirHassen

Hundreds of foreigners on family or business trips in South Africa desperately tried to get back home on the last available flights as several nations imposed restrictions on travellers due to the discovery of the new Omicron variant of COVID-19

Thailand Bans Travellers From 8 African Nations Over New Variant Concerns

Thailand Bans Travellers From 8 African Nations Over New Variant Concerns

Agence France-Presse | Saturday November 27, 2021, Bangkok

Thailand said Saturday it will ban travellers from eight southern African countries where a new Covid-19 strain has emerged.

South African President Prepones Covid Meeting Amid Global Travel Bans

South African President Prepones Covid Meeting Amid Global Travel Bans

Press Trust of India | Saturday November 27, 2021, Johannesburg

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has advanced an urgent meeting with the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) to Saturday, amid growing global concern about the potentially more contagious new Omicron variant.

The Hunt For Coronavirus Variants: How The New One Was Found And What We Know So Far

The Hunt For Coronavirus Variants: How The New One Was Found And What We Know So Far

The Conversation | Saturday November 27, 2021

Since early in the COVID pandemic, the Network for Genomics Surveillance in South Africa has been monitoring changes in SARS-CoV-2. This was a valuable tool to understand better how the virus spread.

Dozens Of Covid Cases On Flights From South Africa, Say Dutch Authorities

Dozens Of Covid Cases On Flights From South Africa, Say Dutch Authorities

Reuters | Saturday November 27, 2021, Amsterdam

Dutch health authorities said that dozens of people who arrived in Amsterdam on two flights from South Africa on Friday are likely infected with COVID-19, and they are conducting further testing to see if people are infected with the variant.