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One chart shows how well vaccines and boosters protect against severe Omicron compared to Delta

Jolanta Gawlik, left, gives Juliana Cepeda the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in New York.Mark Lennihan/AP Photo Booster shots appear to be at least 90% effective against hospitalization for Delta and Omicron. But Omicron poses a greater challenge to vaccine protection, according to two new CDC studies. Omicron increased the odds that vaccinated or boosted people would get infected relative to Delta. COVID-19 booster shots were effective at preventing hospitalization and death before Omicron started...
Tags: Science, News, Cdc, US, Trends, Delta, Oakland California, New York Mark Lennihan, Juan Perez, Carlos Ramirez, Omicron, Aria Bendix, Coronavirus, COVID, Covid-19 Vaccine, Hospitalizations


Covid live: Boris Johnson tells teachers in England to ditch masks in class; Africa sees cases ‘drop significantly’

UK prime minister calls for return of face-to-face teaching in England’s classrooms; cases sharply decline in Africa, WHO saysChina’s zero Covid policy ‘not sustainable’ in light of OmicronOnly two UK Covid briefings were led by a female MP, report findsAustralia’s Omicron wave has likely peaked in NSW and Victoria – expertsChina has reported its lowest daily tally of local confirmed Covid-19 cases in nearly two months, after a national strategy to stamp out flare-ups and lock down affected citi...
Tags: UK, England, China, Africa, World news, Australia news, World Health Organization, Boris Johnson, Victoria, Coronavirus, Omicron Variant


Nation records highest death toll for the pandemic following grim two weeks of rising numbers – as it happened

Twitter apologises to politicians who experienced abuse on the platform; Pauline Hanson calls for royal commission into Covid response; Australia records its deadliest day of the pandemic with 88 deaths; AFP begins investigations into RAT price gouging; ‘If not now, when?’ asks Frydenberg on WA border. This blog is now closedWA suspends border reopening indefinitely amid Omicron spreadOmicron wave has likely peaked in NSW and Victoria, some experts sayFree rapid tests won’t be available for mill...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Coalition, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Labor party, Scott Morrison, Lotus, Western Australia, Afp, NSW, Frydenberg, Pauline Hanson, Coronavirus


Australia news live update: Pauline Hanson calls for Covid royal commission; daily death toll rises to 88; WA delays border reopening

Twitter apologises to politicians who experienced abuse on the platform; Pauline Hanson calls for royal commission into Covid response; Australia records its deadliest day of the pandemic with 88 deaths; AFP begins investigations into RAT price gouging; ‘If not now, when?’ asks Frydenberg on WA border. Follow all the day’s newsWA suspends border reopening indefinitely amid Omicron spreadOmicron wave has likely peaked in NSW and Victoria, some experts sayFree rapid tests won’t be available for mi...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Coalition, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Labor party, Scott Morrison, Lotus, Western Australia, Afp, NSW, Frydenberg, Pauline Hanson, Coronavirus


‘Not sustainable’: Omicron tests China’s zero Covid policy as first cases detected

With the Winter Olympics imminent, experts predict more extreme measures but question strategy’s wisdomCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageLike many middle class Chinese, the 26-year-old banker from Beijing spent the first two weeks of January celebrating the new year. She visited Dior, shopped at Walmart and lunched at Quanjude, the city’s best-known Peking roast duck restaurant. One evening, she watched a standup comedy show. And on one weekend, she drove with friends t...
Tags: China, Walmart, World news, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Winter Olympics, Coronavirus, China Authorities, Omicron Variant


Australia news live update: Hanson calls for Covid royal commission; nation’s deadliest day with at least 80 deaths; WA delays border reopening

Pauline Hanson calls for royal commission into Covid response; Australia records its deadliest day of the pandemic with 80 deaths; AFP begins investigations into RAT price gouging; ‘If not now, when?’ asks Frydenberg on WA border. Follow all the day’s newsWA suspends border reopening indefinitely amid Omicron spreadOmicron wave has likely peaked in NSW and Victoria, some experts sayFree rapid tests won’t be available for millions, Australian pharmacists warnCovid vaccine rollout trackerGet our f...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Coalition, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Labor party, Scott Morrison, Lotus, Western Australia, Afp, NSW, Frydenberg, Hanson, Pauline Hanson


Australia news live update: nation records at least 80 Covid deaths in deadliest day yet; WA delays border reopening

Australia records its deadliest day of the pandemic with 80 deaths; AFP begins investigations into RAT price gouging; ‘If not now, when?’ asks Frydenberg on WA border. Follow all the day’s newsWA suspends border reopening indefinitely amid Omicron spreadOmicron wave has likely peaked in NSW and Victoria, some experts sayFree rapid tests won’t be available for millions, Australian pharmacists warnCovid vaccine rollout trackerGet our free news app; get our morning email briefingThe West Australian...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Coalition, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Labor party, Scott Morrison, Lotus, Western Australia, Afp, NSW, Frydenberg, Coronavirus, Omicron Variant


Covid news live: Africa sees cases ‘drop significantly’; experts say Australia’s Omicron wave ‘likely’ peaked

Scientists say Australia’s hardest-hit states are ‘probably through the worst’ as cases are ‘levelling off’; Covid cases have sharply declined in Africa for the first time since discovery of Omicron, WHO saysAustria creates Covid lottery with €500 prizes to woo vaccine hesitantNHS England Covid absences fall amid signs staffing crisis is easing‘Dangerous’ to lift self-isolation rules for England’s care home staffUnvaccinated Chelsea players could be barred from match at LilleAustralia’s Omicron ...
Tags: England, London, Australia, Africa, World news, Australia news, Chelsea, Sydney, World Health Organization, Victoria, Coronavirus, COVID, England Covid, Samantha Lock, Omicron Variant, LilleAustralia 's Omicron


Australia news live update: NSW’s deadliest day with 46 Covid deaths including one infant; 20 deaths in Victoria, one in Tas; WA delays reopening

NSW records deadliest pandemic day with 46 Covid deaths and 25,168 cases, including one infant; Victoria records 20 deaths and 18,167 cases; Tasmania records 866 cases and one death; AFP begins investigations into RAT price gouging; ‘If not now, when?’ asks Frydenberg on WA border. Follow all the day’s newsWA suspends border reopening indefinitely amid Omicron spreadOmicron wave has likely peaked in NSW and Victoria, some experts sayFree rapid tests won’t be available for millions, Australian ph...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Coalition, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Labor party, Tasmania, Scott Morrison, Lotus, Western Australia, Afp, NSW, Frydenberg, Coronavirus


Australia news live update: NSW marks deadliest day with 46 Covid deaths; 20 deaths in Victoria; WA delays border reopening

NSW records deadliest pandemic day with 46 Covid deaths and 25,168 cases; Victoria records 20 deaths and 18,167 cases; AFP begins investigations into RAT price gouging; ‘If not now, when?’ asks Frydenberg on WA border; hundreds of childcare centres closed; states expected to announce back to school plans following national cabinet. Follow all the day’s newsWA suspends border reopening indefinitely amid Omicron spreadOmicron wave has likely peaked in NSW and Victoria, some experts sayFree rapid t...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Coalition, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Labor party, Scott Morrison, Lotus, Western Australia, Afp, NSW, Frydenberg, Coronavirus, Omicron Variant


Australia Covid news live update: Western Australia delays border reopening; states expected to announce back to school plans

WA premier Mark McGowan says it would be ‘reckless’ to remove border restrictions given the Omicron outbreak in eastern states; states expected to announce back to school plans following national cabinet. Follow all the day’s newsWA suspends border reopening indefinitely amid Omicron spreadOmicron wave has likely peaked in NSW and Victoria, some experts sayGet our free news app; get our morning email briefingThe West Australian paper certainly isn’t mincing words with their views on the indefini...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Coalition, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Labor party, Scott Morrison, Lotus, Western Australia, Afp, NSW, WA, Mark McGowan, Coronavirus


Australia Covid news live: Western Australia delays border reopening; states expected to announce back to school plans

WA premier Mark McGowan says it would be ‘reckless’ to remove border restrictions given the Omicron outbreak in eastern states; plus states expected to announce back to school plans following national cabinet. Follow all the day’s newsWestern Australia suspends border reopening indefinitely amid Omicron spreadOmicron wave has likely peaked in NSW and Victoria, some experts say\Get our free news app; get our morning email briefingGood morning everyone and welcome to Friday (finally!), it’s Matild...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, New South Wales, Victoria, Perth, Western Australia, WA, Mark McGowan, Western Australia WA, Coronavirus, COVID, Matilda Boseley, Omicron Variant


Covid live: France announces lockdown relaxation; Austrian parliament approves mandatory vaccination

French PM says from February work from home guidance will be changed and nightclubs reopen; Austria will have Europe’s first universal jabs mandateAustria creates Covid lottery with €500 prizes to woo vaccine hesitantNHS England Covid absences fall amid signs staffing crisis is easing‘Dangerous’ to lift self-isolation rules for England’s care home staffUnvaccinated Chelsea players could be barred from match at LilleBoris Johnson, Covid and the UK – latest updatesHong Kong will likely suspend fac...
Tags: Travel, Hong Kong, Europe, UK, England, France, World news, Austria, Infectious Diseases, Chelsea, World Health Organization, Education Bureau, Coronavirus, updatesHong Kong, England Covid, Omicron Variant


Omicron is a 'different beast' in kids, but it doesn't seem more dangerous, disease experts say

Mark Barsoun helps his son Jordan Barsoun, 4, with the swab for a rapid COVID-19 test at Palos Verdes High School in Palos Verdes Estates on Tuesday, August 24, 2021.Brittany Murray/MediaNews Group/Long Beach Press-Telegram via Getty Images The US recorded nearly 1 million child COVID-19 cases last week — its highest-ever weekly count. Omicron has made pediatric cases more prevalent, but it doesn't appear to be more virulent in kids. Doctors have detected unique symptoms, including croup ...
Tags: Science, Kids, News, Children, US, Trends, Delta, San Diego, Pfizer, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Ulloa, Sawyer, University of California Irvine, AAP, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Pediatrics


Covid live: UK reports 330 more deaths and over 100,000 cases; France to announce timetable for easing curbs tonight

Latest UK figures come as England prepares to lift remaining Covid restrictions; France to unveil timetable for easing restrictions at 7pmNHS England Covid absences fall amid signs staffing crisis is easing‘Dangerous’ to lift self-isolation rules for England’s care home staffUnvaccinated Chelsea players could be barred from match at LilleIncreased Covid risk ‘trade-off’ in reopening Australian schoolsBoris Johnson, Covid and the UK – latest updatesHong Kong will likely suspend face-to-face teach...
Tags: Travel, Hong Kong, UK, England, France, World news, Infectious Diseases, Chelsea, World Health Organization, Education Bureau, Coronavirus, updatesHong Kong, COVID, Johnson Covid, England Covid, Omicron Variant


Covid live: France to announce timetable for easing curbs tonight; Austria extends lockdown by 10 days

France to unveil timetable for easing restrictions at 7pm; Austria announces measure and introduces vaccine lottery to encourage people to get jabsNHS England Covid absences fall amid signs staffing crisis is easing‘Dangerous’ to lift self-isolation rules for England’s care home staffUnvaccinated Chelsea players could be barred from match at LilleIncreased Covid risk ‘trade-off’ in reopening Australian schoolsBoris Johnson, Covid and the UK – latest updatesHong Kong will likely suspend face-to-f...
Tags: Travel, Hong Kong, UK, England, France, World news, Austria, Infectious Diseases, Chelsea, World Health Organization, Education Bureau, Coronavirus, updatesHong Kong, Johnson Covid, England Covid, Omicron Variant


Western Australia suspends border reopening indefinitely amid Omicron spread

State had been due to open up to double-jabbed international and interstate travellers on 5 FebruaryCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe reopening of Australia’s most isolated state has been suspended indefinitely to allow West Australians to get booster shots, as the more transmissible Omicron variant rips through the nation.Just one month after promising that from 5 February double-vaccinated interstate and international travellers would be allowed to enter Western A...
Tags: Health, Australia, World news, Australia news, Vaccines and immunisation, Perth, Western Australia, WA, Mark McGowan, Coronavirus, Omicron Variant


Reopening of Western Australia suspended amid Omicron spread

State had been due to open up to double-jabbed international and interstate travellers on 5 FebruaryCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe reopening of Australia’s most isolated state has been suspended indefinitely to allow West Australians to get booster shots, as the more transmissible Omicron variant rips through the nation.Just one month after promising that from 5 February double-vaccinated interstate and international travellers would be allowed to enter Western A...
Tags: Health, Australia, World news, Australia news, Vaccines and immunisation, Perth, Western Australia, WA, Mark McGowan, Coronavirus, Omicron Variant


Covid news: France to announce timetable for easing curbs tonight; Austria extends lockdown by 10 days

France to unveil timetable for easing restrictions at 7pm; Austria announces measure and introduces vaccine lottery to encourage people to get jabsNHS England Covid absences fall amid signs staffing crisis is easingPM announces end to all Omicron Covid restrictions in EnglandUnvaccinated Chelsea players could be barred from match at LilleIncreased Covid risk ‘trade-off’ in reopening Australian schoolsBoris Johnson, Covid and the UK – latest updatesHong Kong will likely suspend face-to-face teach...
Tags: Travel, Hong Kong, UK, France, World news, Austria, Infectious Diseases, World Health Organization, Education Bureau, Coronavirus, updatesHong Kong, Johnson Covid, England Covid, Omicron Variant, EnglandUnvaccinated Chelsea, LilleIncreased Covid


Scott Morrison proposal to allow under-18s to drive forklifts catches states by surprise

Victoria, NSW and Queensland say there are no plans to lower age, which PM had said was among proposals to ease supply chain workforce shortagesFollow our Australia news live blog for the latest updatesGet our free news app; get our morning email briefingA proposal by the prime minister, Scott Morrison, to allow children to drive forklifts appears to have caught the states by surprise, with the Queensland, Victorian and New South Wales governments saying they have no plans to lower the current a...
Tags: Australia, Australia news, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Scott Morrison, Daniel Andrews, Australian economy, Victoria NSW, Coronavirus, Omicron Variant, Queensland Victorian


Covid news live: WHO recommends lifting international travel bans, says proof of vaccination not necessarily needed

Blanket travel bans are ineffective in suppressing the spread of Omicron and proof of vaccination should not be ‘the only pathway or condition’ for international travel, the WHO saysPM announces end to all Omicron Covid restrictions in EnglandCzech folk singer dies after deliberately contracting CovidIreland announces annual bank holiday to honour Covid victimsAustralia offers visa fee refund to lure international workers and studentsDjokovic has 80% stake in biotech firm developing Covid drugTh...
Tags: Travel, World news, Infectious Diseases, Who, World Health Organization, Un, Coronavirus, Omicron Variant, Covid drugThe World Health Organization


Covid live: Czech Republic scraps mandatory jabs as daily cases hit new high; record cases in Bulgaria

Czech government scraps decree to avoid ‘deepening fissures’ in country; Bulgaria reports highest daily tally of pandemic with 11,181 infectionsPM announces end to all Omicron Covid restrictions in EnglandNicola Sturgeon announces lifting of Omicron restrictions in ScotlandCalls for French MP to resign after announcing Covid protocol from IbizaHong Kong to cull thousands of hamsters after Covid found on 11New Zealand closes borders to new arrivals over Omicron riskChina has reported its lowest d...
Tags: Science, UK News, World news, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, World Health Organization, Boris Johnson, Mainland China, Coronavirus, COVID, Omicron Variant, IbizaHong Kong, EnglandNicola Sturgeon


Covid live: Czech Republic scraps mandatory jabs as daily cases hit record; UK reports 108,069 cases

Czech government scraps decree to avoid ‘deepening fissures’ in country; UK records a further 359 deathsPM announces end to all Omicron Covid restrictions in EnglandNicola Sturgeon announces lifting of Omicron restrictions in ScotlandCalls for French MP to resign after announcing Covid protocol from IbizaHong Kong to cull thousands of hamsters after Covid found on 11New Zealand closes borders to new arrivals over Omicron riskChina has reported its lowest daily count of local Covid infections in ...
Tags: UK, Science, UK News, World news, Czech Republic, World Health Organization, Boris Johnson, Mainland China, Coronavirus, COVID, Omicron Variant, IbizaHong Kong, EnglandNicola Sturgeon


Covid live: face masks and working from home advice to be scrapped in England as UK reports 108,069 cases

Plan B restrictions in England will be lifted next week, Boris Johnson tells MPs; UK records a further 359 deathsPM announces end to all Omicron Covid restrictions in EnglandNicola Sturgeon announces lifting of Omicron restrictions in ScotlandCalls for French MP to resign after announcing Covid protocol from IbizaHong Kong to cull thousands of hamsters after Covid found on 11New Zealand closes borders to new arrivals over Omicron riskChina has reported its lowest daily count of local Covid infec...
Tags: UK, England, Science, UK News, World news, World Health Organization, Boris Johnson, Mainland China, Coronavirus, COVID, Omicron Variant, IbizaHong Kong, EnglandNicola Sturgeon


Covid live: face masks and working from home advice to be scrapped in England; Germany reports record cases

Plan B restrictions in England will be lifted next week, Boris Johnson tells MPs; daily rise of more than 100,000 cases seen in Germany for first timePM announces end to all Omicron Covid restrictions in EnglandNicola Sturgeon announces lifting of Omicron restrictions in ScotlandCalls for French MP to resign after announcing Covid protocol from IbizaHong Kong to cull thousands of hamsters after Covid found on 11New Zealand closes borders to new arrivals over Omicron riskChina has reported its lo...
Tags: England, Science, Germany, UK News, World news, World Health Organization, Boris Johnson, Mainland China, Coronavirus, COVID, Omicron Variant, IbizaHong Kong, EnglandNicola Sturgeon


All plan B Covid restrictions, including mask wearing, to end in England

PM says plan B measures will stop on 26 January and compulsory self-isolation for people with Covid on 24 MarchCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBoris Johnson has announced the end of all Covid measures introduced to combat the Omicron variant from next week, including compulsory mask-wearing on public transport and in shops, guidance to work from home and vaccine certificates.The prime minister also said the legal requirement on people with coronavirus to self-isolate ...
Tags: Health, Politics, England, Society, UK News, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, Johnson, Coronavirus, COVID, Omicron Variant


Covid live: Germany reports record rise of cases; Czech Republic considers mandatory vaccines for key workers

Daily rise of more than 100,000 cases seen in Germany for first time; over-60s and key professionals may be targeted by new Czech measuresEngland’s Plan B Covid measures expected to ease after Cabinet meetingNicola Sturgeon announces lifting of Omicron restrictions in ScotlandCalls for French MP to resign after announcing Covid protocol from IbizaHong Kong to cull thousands of hamsters after Covid found on 11New Zealand closes borders to new arrivals over Omicron riskChina has reported its lowes...
Tags: Science, Germany, UK News, World news, Czech Republic, World Health Organization, Boris Johnson, Cabinet, Mainland China, Coronavirus, COVID, Omicron Variant, IbizaHong Kong


Covid news live: England expected to ease Omicron restrictions; Germany reports record rise of 112,323 new cases

British PM set to relax Plan B Covid measures, ending the use of vaccine certificates and work-from-home guidance; Germany reports a daily rise of more than 100,000 new Covid cases in pandemic recordEngland’s Plan B Covid measures expected to ease after Cabinet meetingNicola Sturgeon announces lifting of Omicron restrictions in ScotlandCalls for French MP to resign after announcing Covid protocol from IbizaHong Kong to cull thousands of hamsters after Covid found on 11New Zealand closes borders ...
Tags: Europe, England, Science, Germany, UK News, World news, World Health Organization, Boris Johnson, Cabinet, Coronavirus, Robert Koch Institute Continue, Omicron Variant, IbizaHong Kong


Covid news live: England expected to ease Omicron restrictions; WHO chief says pandemic is ‘nowhere near over’

British PM set to relax Plan B Covid measures, ending the use of vaccine certificates and work-from-home guidance; the narrative that Omicron is a mild disease is misleading, WHO saysEngland’s Plan B Covid measures expected to ease after Cabinet meetingNicola Sturgeon announces lifting of Omicron restrictions in ScotlandCalls for French MP to resign after announcing Covid protocol from IbizaHong Kong to cull thousands of hamsters after Covid found on 11New Zealand closes borders to new arrivals ...
Tags: UK, England, Science, UK News, World news, Who, World Health Organization, Boris Johnson, Cabinet, Coronavirus, COVID, Omicron Variant, IbizaHong Kong


France reports nearly half a million new cases, a record increase; Italy records 228,179 daily infections – as it happened

France registers 464,769 new Covid-19 infections over the last 24 hours; Italy’s cases jump from 83,403 a day earlierNicola Sturgeon announces lifting of Omicron restrictions in ScotlandMore than 900 Covid deaths in England and Wales in first week of JanuaryCalls for French MP to resign after announcing Covid protocol from IbizaHong Kong to cull thousands of hamsters after Covid found on 11UK Covid and Boris Johnson developments – liveChina’s postal service has ordered workers to disinfect inter...
Tags: Europe, England, Wales, France, UK News, World news, Australia news, Beijing, Italy, Poland, Boris Johnson, North America, Agence France Press, Coronavirus, COVID, Omicron Variant



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