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Covid live news: UK, Germany and Italy detect Omicron cases; Israel bans all visitors

Mandatory mask-wearing in shops and transport reimposed in England; Anthony Fauci says new variant is probably already in the US; Australia scrambles to prevent outbreakJohnson ignored my plan to deal with new variants – ex-officialOmicron’s worst impact will be in nations with low vaccination ratesWhat do we know about the new ‘worst ever’ Covid variant?See all our coronavirus coverageAustralia’s federal health minister said he was meeting the prime minister, Scott Morrison, and the chief healt...
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Early action against Omicron is imperative to avoid devastating consequences | Ewan Birney

Scientists have sprung into action to identify the new Covid variant. We don’t yet know if it is a major threat - but we should not take any chancesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIt was only a matter of time before a new Sars-CoV-2 variant of concern emerged, requiring an urgent global response. It would seem that the Omicron variant, identified by scientists across Africa, including the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), poses the next major threat...
Tags: Hong Kong, UK, Science, Africa, Israel, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Belgium, Botswana, Ewan Birney, National Institute for Communicable Diseases NICD, Coronavirus


A former nurse who's anti-vaxx will face trial for organizing rallies protesting lockdowns in the UK: report

Rally goers hold signs protesting vaccines at the "World Wide Rally for Freedom", an anti-mask and anti-vaccine rally, at the State House in Concord, New Hampshire, May 15, 2021.JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP via Getty Images A former nurse will face trial for organizing three anti-lockdown protests in the UK, the Daily Mail reported. Kay Shemirani lost her nursing license earlier this year after a medical panel found she fell "seriously short of the standards expected of a registered nurse." Shemirani ...
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Pfizer said an updated version of its COVID-19 vaccine will be 'ready in 100 days' if the new Omicron variant is resistant to its current vaccine

A healthcare worker holds a vial of the Pfizer coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at The University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S., December 14, 2020.Bryan Woolston/Reuters Pfizer said it can update its COVID-19 vaccine if the Omicron variant is found to be resistant to its current vaccine.  The company said it can update its current vaccine within 100 days.  Pfizer expects to know within two weeks whether the variant is resistant, a spokesperson told Reuters.  Pfize...
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The James Webb space telescope: in search of the secrets of the Milky Way

Billions of dollars over budget and years late, the most expensive, complex telescope to be sent into space will launch next month. What will it learn?In a few weeks, the most ambitious, costly robot probe ever built, the £6.8bn James Webb space telescope, will be blasted into space on top of a giant European Ariane 5 rocket. The launch of the observatory – which has been plagued by decades of delays and massive cost overruns – promises to be the most nervously watched liftoff in the history of ...
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Omicron’s full impact will be felt in countries where fewer are vaccinated

Analysis: the new coronavirus variant seems highly transmissible, but the big question is whether it causes severe disease. Either way, poorer nations will be hit hardestCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIn early August Gideon Schreiber and a team of virologists at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel began playing around with the spike protein of the Sars-CoV-2 virus – the protein that allows the virus to enter our cells – to see if they could predict future mut...
Tags: Science, Biology, Africa, Israel, World news, Medical Research, South Africa, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Schreiber, Weizmann Institute of Science, Coronavirus, Gideon Schreiber


Two cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant found in the UK connected to 'travel to southern Africa,' official says

A person is tested for COVID-19 in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Saturday November 27, 2021.AP Photo/Jerome Delay Two cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant have been discovered in the UK, the country's health secretary said Saturday. The cases are connected to travel from "southern Africa," where the variant was first identified. The World Health Organization labeled the Omicron variant a "variant of concern" on Friday. Two cases of the new Omicron coronavirus variant have been found ...
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The Omicron variant carries a number of genetic mutations that might cause it to spread quickly, even among vaccinated people: report

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 Scientists are concerned about the number of mutations in the new Omicron variant. The mutations might cause the variant to evade antibodies from a previous infection or a vaccine. It's not clear yet whether existing COVID-19 vaccines will pr...
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A man on a lockdown stroll across English farmland discovered an 'extraordinary' Roman villa with epic Trojan War mosaic

Aerial view of the excavations of a large Roman mosaic in Rutland, England.Historic England Archive A man taking a lockdown walk on his father's farm stumbled across a rare Roman mosaic. The 828 square foot mosaic artwork depicts scenes from Homer's 'The Iliad,' the ancient Greek epic poem. Researchers said that the mosaic likely belonged to a wealthy Roman between the 3rd and 4th century AD. A Roman villa complex containing a rare mosaic depicting scenes from Homer's Ili...
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A rare manuscript featuring Albert Einstein's early calculations for his theory of relativity sold for $13 million

A manuscript showing early calculations of Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity at Christie's auction house in Paris.Alain Jocard/Getty Images A rare manuscript with notes made by Albert Einstein was auctioned for more than $13 million. They contain the early calculations that eventually became Einstein's general theory of relativity. Auction house Christie's sold it in Paris to an unnamed buyer. Notes and calculations made by Albert Einstein sold for more than $13 m...
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