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Omicron Covid variant: Greg Hunt backflips as Australia shuts border to southern Africa

Australians attempting to return home from southern Africa will be allowed into the country, but ordered into mandatory hotel quarantineFollow the Australia news live blogOmicron: everything you need to know about new Covid variant Covid live: world scrambles to combat Omicron variant; New York declares ‘disaster emergency’Get our free news app; get our morning email briefingAustralia has suspended flights from nine southern African countries and closed its borders to any foreign nationals who h...
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Australia live news updates: Greg Hunt closes border to southern Africa in response to Omicron Covid variant; five deaths and new protests in Victoria

Australians attempting to return from nine African nations to be subject to hotel quarantineCovid live: WHO names new variant ‘Omicron’; US and Canada bring in travel curbsQueensland Human Rights Commission flooded with inquiries due to Covid border confusionGet our free news app; get our morning email briefingNew South Wales double-dose vaccination rates have hit 94.5% for people over 16.For those 12-15, the rates are also increasing rapidly. 81.2% have had a single dose; 76.2% are fully vaccin...
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Australia live news updates: Greg Hunt closes border to southern Africa in response to Omicron Covid variant; five deaths in Victoria; new NSW flood warnings

Australian government is expected to update travel advice for those going to or from countries where Omicron Covid variant foundCovid live: WHO names new variant ‘Omicron’; US and Canada bring in travel curbsQueensland Human Rights Commission flooded with inquiries due to Covid border confusionGet our free news app; get our morning email briefingNew South Wales double-dose vaccination rates have hit 94.5% for people over 16.For those 12-15, the rates are also increasing rapidly. 81.2% have had a...
Tags: Science, Australia, Africa, US, Australia news, Canada, Infectious Diseases, Australian politics, Victoria, Greg Hunt, South Wales, Human Rights Commission, Coronavirus, Omicron Covid


Australia live news updates: Greg Hunt to give press conference on Omicron Covid variant; five deaths in Victoria; new NSW flood warnings

Australian government is expected to update travel advice for those going to or from countries where Omicron Covid variant foundCovid live: WHO names new variant ‘Omicron’; US and Canada bring in travel curbsQueensland Human Rights Commission flooded with inquiries due to Covid border confusionGet our free news app; get our morning email briefingNew South Wales double-dose vaccination rates have hit 94.5% for people over 16.For those 12-15, the rates are also increasing rapidly. 81.2% have had a...
Tags: Science, Australia, US, Australia news, Canada, Infectious Diseases, Australian politics, Victoria, Greg Hunt, South Wales, Human Rights Commission, Coronavirus


Australia live news updates: nation on alert over Omicron Covid strain; five coronavirus deaths in Victoria; Warragamba Dam spills amid NSW flood warnings

Thunderstorms forecast to lash most of east coast; anti-vaccination rallies scheduled in Queensland and CanberraCovid live: WHO names new variant ‘Omicron’; US and Canada bring in travel curbsQueensland Human Rights Commission flooded with inquiries due to Covid border confusionGet our free news app; get our morning email briefingNew South Wales double-dose vaccination rates have hit 94.5% for people over 16.For those 12-15, the rates are also increasing rapidly. 81.2% have had a single dose; 76...
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The new coronavirus variant Omicron raises red flags among scientists — but there are more mysteries than answers about its public threat

A healthcare worker collects a swab from Bronwen Cook for a PCR test against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) before traveling to London, at O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, on November 26, 2021.REUTERS/ Sumaya Hisham The WHO labeled a new coronavirus variant, Omicron, a "variant of concern" on Friday. The B.1.1.529 variant contains hallmarks of being more transmissible or dangerous than other strains. But scientists have just begun to examine Omicron's th...
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Australia live news updates: nation on alert over new Covid strain; Warragamba Dam spills amid flood warnings

Thunderstorms forecast to lash most of east coast; anti-vaccination rallies scheduled in Queensland and CanberraCovid live: WHO names new variant ‘Omicron’; US and Canada bring in travel curbsQueensland Human Rights Commission flooded with inquiries due to Covid border confusionHere’s a helpful explainer - everything you need to know about Omicron.The Queensland human rights commissioner, Scott McDougall, says the commission has received a spike in inquiries due to confusion about the state’s Co...
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Australia live news updates: nation on alert over Omicron Covid strain; five coronavirus deaths in Victoria; Warragamba Dam spills amid flood warnings

Thunderstorms forecast to lash most of east coast; anti-vaccination rallies scheduled in Queensland and CanberraCovid live: WHO names new variant ‘Omicron’; US and Canada bring in travel curbsQueensland Human Rights Commission flooded with inquiries due to Covid border confusionNew South Wales double-dose vaccination rates have hit 94.5% for people over 16.For those 12-15, the rates are also increasing rapidly. 81.2% have had a single dose; 76.2% are fully vaccinated. Continue reading...
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US to restrict travel from southern Africa over Omicron Covid variant fears

WHO names variant found in Belgium and Israel Omicron White House adviser Fauci: no indication variant is in USBioNTech says vaccine can be tweaked in 100 days if neededJoe Biden’s chief medical adviser, Anthony Fauci, said on Friday there was “no indication” the new “Omicron” coronavirus variant discovered in southern Africa had reached the US.Nonetheless, the the Biden administration said it would restrict travel from South Africa and seven other countries in southern Africa, starting on Mond...
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EU member states agree to ban flights from southern Africa over new coronavirus variant 'Omicron' rapidly spreading there

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.Reuters A new coronavirus variant — B.1.1.529 — is rapidly spreading in southern Africa. It prompted the European Commission to recommend a flight ban from the region. Belgium announced Europe's first case of the new variant, which the WHO named Omicron, on Friday. European Union member states have agreed to ban flights from southern African countries, citing the new coronavirus variant rapidly spreading there, Associated Press journalist...
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A new coronavirus variant called 'Omicron' is now a 'variant of concern,' the WHO said

Doctors Without Borders nurse Bhelekazi Mdlalose performs a COVID-19 test on a health worker at the Vlakfontein Clinic in Johannesburg, South Africa, on May 13, 2020.Michele Spatari/AFP/Getty Images The WHO named a new coronavirus variant, Omicron, a "variant of concern." Public-health experts worry its large number of mutations may pose a high risk of reinfection. Cases have been reported so far in South Africa, Botswana, Hong Kong, Israel, and Belgium. The World Health Organization designat...
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Omicron: everything you need to know about new Covid variant

Key questions answered about coronavirus variant first detected in southern AfricaCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe variant was initially referred to as B.1.1.529, but on Friday was designated as a variant of concern (VOC) by the World Health Organization because of its “concerning” mutations and because “preliminary evidence suggests an increased risk of reinfection with this variant”. The WHO system assigns such variants a Greek letter, to provide a non-stigmatisi...
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Failure to share Covid vaccines ‘coming back to haunt us’, says Gordon Brown

Ex-PM says world was ‘forewarned’ of dangers of failing to vaccinate poorer countries amid rise of new variant‘New variant is no surprise when rich countries are hoarding vaccines’Coronavirus – latest updatesThe failure of the world to get vaccines to the developing world is “coming back to haunt us”, Gordon Brown has warned, as experts said the emergence of variants such as B.1.1.529 could have been avoided if jabs had been more fairly distributed.Writing in the Guardian, the Labour former prim...
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Belgium records Europe's first case of the new coronavirus variant spreading in southern Africa

A coronavirus vaccine vial.Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images Belgium recorded its first case of the new coronavirus variant seen spreading in southern Africa, its health minister said Friday.Frank Vandenbroucke announced that the B1.1.529 variant was found in an unvaccinated traveler who entered Belgium and tested positive on November 22, De Morgen reported."Caution is necessary, but don't panic," Vandenbroucke said, Het Laatste Nieuws reported.Previous cases had been restricted to South Africa,...
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EU asks member states to ban flights from southern Africa over new coronavirus variant rapidly spreading there

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.Reuters A new coronavirus variant — B.1.1.529 — is rapidly spreading in southern Africa. It prompted the European Commission to recommend a flight ban from the region. Belgium announced Europe's first case of the new variant on Friday. The European Union has asked member states to ban flights from southern African countries, citing the new coronavirus variant rapidly spreading there."It is now important that all of us in Europe act very s...
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Fauci says there is no indication the new coronavirus variant found in southern Africa is in the US

Dr. Anthony Fauci.Pool / Pool/ Getty Images A new coronavirus variant was detected in southern Africa. Experts are worried about its mutations. Fauci said that there is "no indication" the variant is currently in the US. He said there is concern over the speed of its spread and whether it would escape vaccine protection. Dr. Anthony Fauci said that there is "no indication" that the new coronavirus variant that was first found in southern Africa is currently in the US.He told CNN's "New Da...
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A leading public health expert has pleaded with Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and Warren Buffett to help fight coronavirus variants in Africa

Doctors Without Borders nurse Bhelekazi Mdlalose performs a COVID-19 test on a health worker at the Vlakfontein Clinic in Johannesburg, South Africa on May 13 2020.Michele Spatari/AFP/Getty Images South Africa's top public health expert has asked billionaires to help fight coronavirus variants in Africa. Tulio de Oliveira said Africa needs financial support "to control and extinguish variants." His plea comes amid concerns about a "worrying" new variant that has spread fast across souther...
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A leading infectious diseases expert has pleaded with Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and Warren Buffett to help fight coronavirus variants in Africa

Doctors Without Borders nurse Bhelekazi Mdlalose performs a COVID-19 test on a health worker at the Vlakfontein Clinic in Johannesburg, South Africa on May 13, 2020.Michele Spatari/AFP/Getty Images South Africa's top infectious diseases expert has asked billionaires to help fight coronavirus variants in Africa. Tulio de Oliveira said Africa needs financial support "to control and extinguish variants." His plea comes amid concerns about a "worrying" new variant that has spread fast across ...
Tags: Health, Science, News, Africa, Trends, South Africa, Healthcare, Warren Buffett, Jeff Bezos, Gates, Musk, Variant, Bezos, Africa South Africa, JOHANNESBURG South Africa, Oliveira


Rise of a new coronavirus variant in Africa looks like the disaster scenario experts warned of if rich nations hoarded vaccines for themselves

A man receiving a coronavirus vaccination on a train in South Africa.REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko/File Photo A new coronavirus variant was found in southern Africa. Experts worry it could be the worst so far. Scientists had warned that a dangerous new variant could emerge if there isn't global vaccine access. They said all countries need vaccines before wealthy ones get boosters. Rich nations didn't listen. As coronavirus vaccines were produced, approved, and rolled out, health experts said...
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Is it vaccine resistant? What scientists know of new Covid variant

Key questions answered about coronavirus variant that has been detected in South AfricaThe variant was identified on Tuesday and highlighted as a concern due to its high number of mutations, which could lead it to evade immunity. It was also linked to a surge in case numbers in the Gauteng province of South Africa, an urban area containing Pretoria and Johannesburg, in the past two weeks. These two factors put it quickly on the radar of international monitors, with the chief medical adviser to t...
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The need to trespass: let people in to protect nature, says guerrilla botanist

Naturalist and campaigner Dave Bangs says limiting access to the countryside makes it harder to save our ancient landscapesIn a prehistoric bog where iguanodons once roamed and the early Britons first smelted ore into iron, what looks like a tiny orange candle peeps through the mire. It sends my companion into a paroxysm of joy.“That’s good! That’s new!” Continue reading...
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B.1.1.529 Covid variant ‘most worrying we’ve seen’, says top UK medical adviser

Dr Susan Hopkins said R value of variant first found in Gauteng, South Africa, is now 2Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe chief medical adviser to the UK Health and Security Agency has warned that a newly identified Covid-19 variant in southern Africa is the “most worrying we’ve seen”, with transmission levels not recorded since the beginning of the pandemic.Dr Susan Hopkins said the R value, or effective reproduction number, of the B.1.1.529 variant in Gauteng in So...
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What do we know about the new ‘worst ever’ Covid variant?

UK places South Africa on red travel list over B.1.1.529 variant picked up by scientists in countrySouth Africa to be put on England’s travel red listSee all our coronavirus coverageWhat is the new variant and why is it a concern?Scientists have detected a new Covid-19 variant called B.1.1.529 and are working to understand its potential implications. About 50 confirmed cases have been identified in South Africa, Hong Kong and Botswana.B.1.1.529 has a very unusual constellation of mutations, whic...
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Europe considers a flight ban on southern Africa over new coronavirus variant rapidly spreading there

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.Reuters A new coronavirus variant — B.1.1.529 — is rapidly spreading in southern Africa. It's prompting the European Commission to consider a flight ban from the region. The UK restricted travel to and from six southern African countries on Thursday. The European Union is considering an "emergency brake" flight ban on southern African countries, citing a new coronavirus variant rapidly spreading there."The EU Commission will propose, in c...
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