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A corporate Christmas party turned into the biggest Omicron 'super spreader event' outside South Africa, with up to 60 people infected

A student at Holtet high school in Oslo receives the first dose of Pfizer vaccine against covid-19 in the school's auditorium on September 7, 2021.Heiko Junge/Getty Images In Norway, a Christmas party turned into an Omicron "super spreader event," with up to 60 possible infections. The outbreak is the biggest outside South Africa, where researchers first detected the new coronavirus variant. At least one person who attended the party had recently returned from South Africa. A corporate Ch...
Tags: Science, Trends, South Africa, News UK, Delta, World Health Organization, Norway, Oslo, Reuters, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Omicron, COVID-19, UK Weekend, Alia Shoaib, Holtet, Heiko Junge Getty


Senior UK politician warns people to avoid 'snogging under the mistletoe' over the holidays as Omicron raises fears of uncontrolled spread

A couple kiss under the mistletoe at a Santa-themed event in Seattle, Washington in 2014. UK minister Thérèse Coffey this week warned against doing the same.Reuters/David Ryder People should avoid "snogging" strangers under the mistletoe, a top UK politician warned. The advice comes amid concerns over the spread of the Omicron variant in the UK and around the world. 32 Omicron cases have now been found in the UK. The variant has spread to 28 countries worldwide. People should probably avoid "...
Tags: UK, Science, Nbc, Trends, The Sun, News UK, Boris Johnson, World Health Organisation, Johnson, Santa, Financial Times, Reuters, Erin Schumaker, Coffey, Peston, Seattle Washington


Covid news: Canada confirms two cases of Omicron variant; WHO Africa head urges world to keep borders open – as it happened

Both cases are recent arrivals from Nigeria; UN agency’s comments follow South Africa’s call to reverse flight bans; G7 health ministers to hold urgent meeting on Omicron variantAt least 13 of 61 cases on two flights into Netherlands are new variantOmicron’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 coverageChina could face more than 630,000 Covid-19 infections a day if it dropped its zero-tolerance ...
Tags: Europe, Science, China, Nigeria, UK News, World news, US news, Canada, South Africa, Netherlands, Un, Reuters, Peking University, Coronavirus, COVID, WHO Africa


Covid live news: WHO Africa head urges world to keep borders open; third Omicron case found in UK

UN agency’s comments follow South Africa’s call to reverse flight bans; G7 health ministers to hold urgent meeting on Omicron variant; large contact tracing operation in WestminsterAt least 13 of 61 cases on two flights into Netherlands are new variantOmicron’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 coverageChina could face more than 630,000 Covid-19 infections a day if it dropped its zero-toleran...
Tags: Europe, UK, Science, China, UK News, World news, US news, South Africa, Netherlands, Un, Reuters, Peking University, Coronavirus, COVID, WHO Africa, Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention


Covid live news: Third Omicron case found in UK; Netherlands confirms at least 13 cases of new variant

Large contact tracing operation in Westminster; At least 13 of 61 cases on two flights into Netherlands are new variant; Austria becomes latest country to detect OmicronOmicron’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 coverageChina could face more than 630,000 Covid-19 infections a day if it dropped its zero-tolerance policies by lifting travel curbs, according to a study by Peking University math...
Tags: Europe, UK, Science, China, UK News, World news, US news, Austria, Netherlands, Reuters, Peking University, Coronavirus, COVID, Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention


Former White House advisor says the US 'would already have modified vaccines' to deal with Omicron variant if Trump were still president

Apu Gomes/AFP via Getty Images A former White House advisor said new vaccines would already be in place to curb Omicron's spread if Trump were still in office. Omicron might spread easily and be resistant to vaccines because of its many mutations. Vaccine manufacturers like Pfizer have already begun testing their vaccines against Omicron. Former White House advisor Stephen Miller claimed that there would already be updated COVID-19 vaccines to deal with the Omicron variant if Donald Trump...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Science, News, White House, Israel, US, Trends, South Africa, Belgium, World Health Organization, Pfizer, North America, Donald Trump, Miller


Covid live news: Netherlands confirms at least 13 Omicron cases; Austria and Australia report first cases

At least 13 of 61 cases on two flights into Netherlands are new variant; Austria becomes latest country to detect Omicron; Sajid Javid says UK should still plan for Christmas ‘as normal’Omicron’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 coverageChina could face more than 630,000 Covid-19 infections a day if it dropped its zero-tolerance policies by lifting travel curbs, according to a study by Pekin...
Tags: Europe, UK, Science, Australia, China, UK News, World news, US news, Austria, Netherlands, Sajid Javid, Reuters, Peking University, Coronavirus, COVID, Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention


Covid live news: Austria reports first case of Omicron as new variant continues to spread

Mandatory mask-wearing in shops and transport reimposed in England; Anthony Fauci says new variant is probably already in the US; two cases confirmed in AustraliaJohnson 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 coverageChina could face more than 630,000 Covid-19 infections a day if it dropped its zero-tolerance policies by lifting trav...
Tags: Europe, England, Science, China, US, UK News, World news, US news, Austria, Anthony Fauci, Reuters, Peking University, Coronavirus, COVID, Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention


South Africa says it has been 'punished' rather than 'applauded' for detecting the new Omicron variant

A passenger looks at an electronic flight notice board displaying cancelled flights at Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg on November 27, 2021, after several countries banned flights from South Africa following the discovery of a new coronavirus variant Omicron.Phill Magakoe/Getty Images South Africa said it is being punished for detecting the new coronavirus variant Omicron. The US, UK, and Europe have introduced travel restrictions on southern African countries. "Excellent science ...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Science, News, Australia, Africa, US, International, Trends, European Union, Bbc, South Africa, News UK, Zimbabwe, Who, World Health Organization


Covid live news: Omicron cases continue to spread; China would face ‘colossal’ outbreak if rules eased

Mandatory mask-wearing in shops and transport reimposed in England; Anthony Fauci says new variant is probably already in the US; two cases confirmed in AustraliaJohnson 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 coverageChina could face more than 630,000 Covid-19 infections a day if it dropped its zero-tolerance policies by lifting trav...
Tags: Europe, England, Science, China, US, UK News, World news, US news, Anthony Fauci, Reuters, Peking University, Coronavirus, COVID, Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention


Covid live news: UK, Germany and Italy detect Omicron cases; China outbreak warning

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 coverageChina could face more than 630,000 Covid-19 infections a day if it dropped its zero-tolerance policies by lifti...
Tags: Europe, England, Science, Australia, China, US, UK News, World news, US news, Italy, Anthony Fauci, Reuters, UK Germany, Peking University, Coronavirus, COVID


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...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, News, Israel, US, Trends, South Africa, Belgium, World Health Organization, Pfizer, Vaccines, North America, Reuters, Johnson Johnson, Louisville Kentucky


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...
Tags: Science, Trends, Paris, News UK, Auction, Albert Einstein, Christie's, Einstein, Reuters, Christie, Michele Besso, Besso, UK Weekend, Alain Jocard Getty, Alia Shoaib, Vincent Belloy


South Korea: cult whose leader ‘heals’ by poking eyes at centre of Covid outbreak

At least 241 people linked to religious community test positive for virusCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA little known sect led by a pastor who pokes eyes to heal is at the centre of a Covid outbreak in South Korea, as the country reported a new daily record of 4,116 cases and battles a rise in serious cases straining hospitals.In a tiny, rural church in a town of 427 residents in Cheonan city, south of Seoul, at least 241 people linked to the religious community tes...
Tags: South Korea, Science, World news, Asia Pacific, Seoul, Reuters, Cheonan, Coronavirus


Putin says he took an experimental nasal COVID-19 vaccine

Russian President Vladimir Putin.Vladimir Smirnov\TASS via Getty Images Vladimir Putin said he took part in a trial for a nasal COVID-19 vaccine. He also received a booster shot of Russia's own Sputnik vaccine on Sunday. Putin said his immunity had been waning since he got his first vaccine shots. Russian President Vladimir Putin said he took an experimental nasal COVID-19 vaccine.Putin said on Wednesday that he had taken part in tests for the nasal form of the vaccine, Russian news agenc...
Tags: Politics, Science, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Russia, Trends, News UK, Reuters, TASS, Coronavirus, Coronavirus Vaccine, Sinead Baker, Speed desk, Vladimir Putin Vladimir Smirnov


Germans will be 'vaccinated, recovered, or dead' by the end of the winter, the health minister warned amid a COVID-19 surge

100-year-old Heinz Jacoby receives a coronavirus vaccination from doctor Anna Häring-Haj Kheder in Bochum, Germany, September 30 2021.Roland Weihrauch/picture alliance via Getty Germans will be "vaccinated, recovered, or dead" by the end of the winter, the health minister said. COVID-19 cases have surged in Germany. Neighboring Austria has imposed a lockdown and a vaccine mandate. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Germany needed tougher COVID-19 measures, per Reuters. By the end of the win...
Tags: Health, Europe, Science, News, Germany, Angela Merkel, Trends, Austria, Vienna, German, Healthcare, Delta, Merkel, Pfizer, Vaccine, Oxford University


Unrest and protests are ripping across Europe as anger mounts over new COVID-19 winter restrictions

Demonstrators carry flags as they gather to protest against COVID-19 measures, in Zagreb, Croatia November 20, 2021.REUTERS/Antonio Bronic New coronavirus protests are have taken place across Europe as winter restrictions loom. Some countries are bringing in new restrictions, and many require vaccination or negative test proof. People gathered in cities like Vienna and Rome, with some protests turning violent. New coronavirus protests are taking place across Europe in response to winter restr...
Tags: Europe, Science, Milan, Trends, Bbc, Rome, Austria, Vienna, Italy, News UK, Croatia, The Netherlands, Reuters, Zagreb Croatia, Vienna Austria, Europe People


Austria becomes the first country in western Europe to reimpose a full COVID-19 lockdown, and says it plans to make vaccines compulsory

People waiting for a mass Covid-19 testing in Vienna, Austria.AP Photo/Ronald Zak Austria announced a full coronavirus lockdown that would end on December 13 for vaccinated people. The chancellor said the move "hurts" but not enough people had been convinced to get vaccinated. The whole population must be vaccinated by February 1, 2022, officials said, without giving specifics. Austria has announced a full coronavirus lockdown, becoming the first country in western Europe to do so this autumn...
Tags: Europe, Science, News, Trends, Austria, News UK, Reuters, Vienna Austria, Europe Reuters, Coronavirus, Sinead Baker, Alexander Schallenberg, Speed desk, Ronald Zak Austria, Monday Die Presse


Authorities in India are planning a new lockdown not to combat COVID-19, but air pollution

India Gate in New Delhi, India, amid smog seen on November 15, 2021.Amal KS/Hindustan Times via Getty Images Pollution levels in New Delhi, India, have been dangerously high these past two weeks. Schools were told to shut for a week from Monday and construction work was banned for three days. The New Delhi government plans to impose compulsory WFH and a weekend lockdown. Authorities in India plan to enforce a new lockdown to combat air pollution in New Delhi, the world's most polluted cap...
Tags: UK, Science, Supreme Court, India, Narendra Modi, Trends, Air Pollution, Pollution, News UK, Associated Press, Delhi, New Delhi, Reuters, New Delhi India, Times of India, NDTV


Austria imposed a COVID-19 lockdown for unvaccinated people only

A patient gets a coronavirus vaccine in Vienna, Austria. AP Photo/Lisa Leutner, File Unvaccinated people in Austria can only leave home for essential reasons from Monday. The chancellor said the goal is to slow the virus, help the health service, and encourage more vaccinations. Police are in charge of checking people's vaccination status, and can carry out spot checks. Austria started a lockdown for only unvaccinated people on Monday.People who aren't vaccinated are only able to g...
Tags: Science, Trends, Austria, Netherlands, News UK, Denmark, Reuters, Vienna Austria, BBC Europe, Die Presse, ORF Radio, Lockdown, Coronavirus, Coronavirus Vaccine, Sinead Baker, Alexander Schallenberg


Wildfires in California and Siberia are throwing soot into the high atmosphere that's landing in the Arctic and melting polar ice

The South Fire burning in Lytle Creek, California, in August 2021. AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu Soot from fires in mid-latitudes are traveling all the way to the Arctic, scientists have found. The substance can speed the melting of ice and in turn could warm the atmosphere. The discovery may have far-reaching implications for the climate crisis. Wildfires have been brutal these past few years, and may have wider-reaching implications than first realized.The vast blazes send soot particles so ...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, California, Trends, Nasa, Earth, News UK, Arctic, Siberia, North America, Antarctic, Reuters, University Of Tokyo, Arctic sea, Arctic Council, British Antarctic Survey


Indigenous communities demanded more action to combat climate change at largest protest in Glasgow history during COP26

An Indigenous climate activist attends a rally at the end of a protest organized by the Cop26 Coalition in Glasgow, Scotland, Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021 which is the host city of the COP26 U.N. Climate Summit. AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali Around 100,000 individuals marched through Glasgow for a "Global Day of Action for Climate Justice." On Saturday, more than 250 protests were held across the world for systemic climate justice. The protest was Glasgow's largest since a march against the Iraq ...
Tags: UK, Science, News, Protest, Climate Change, Scotland, Iraq, International, Trends, Bbc, Britain, Glasgow, Rally, Indigenous, Reuters, Glasgow Scotland


Daylight-saving time ends on November 7 - here's why we have it and why some lawmakers want to make it permanent

Sunset over the Arizona desert Shutterstock At 2 a.m. ET on November 7, Americans will "fall back" to end daylight-saving time. Common wisdom about daylight-saving time is that it originated with farming, but it really goes back to World War I. Most of the US, with the exception of Hawaii, Arizona, and many territories, recognizes daylight-saving time. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. On November 7 at 2 a.m. ET, most US states will end over eight months of daylight...
Tags: Florida, Politics, Science, News, Congress, Washington, Germany, Time, US, West Virginia, Trends, European Union, History, Features, Britain, United States


The air in New Delhi, the world's most polluted capital, got even worse after people ignored a ban to fill the air with Diwali fireworks

A road shrouded in smog in Noida, India, November 5, 2021. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis New Delhi is considered the world's most-polluted capital city. The toxicity of its air rose to dangerous levels this week, partly fuelled by fireworks. The festival of Diwali on Thursday prompted mass use of fireworks despite a ban. Air pollution levels in New Delhi, India's capital city, got even worse after people ignored a ban and held firework displays to mark the festival of Diwali.New Delhi ...
Tags: Science, India, Trends, Bbc, Air Pollution, Pollution, News UK, Fireworks, Delhi, New Delhi, Diwali, Reuters, New Delhi India, Noida, The World Health Organization, Sinead Baker


Newsmax distanced itself from its White House correspondent after she claimed COVID vaccines contain a 'bioluminescent marker' to track people

Newsmax White House reporter Emerald Robinson reporting from outside the White House in March 2020. Newsmax/YouTube Newsmax's White House reporter Emerald Robinson tweeted a bizarre conspiracy theory. The tweet falsely alleged the COVID-19 vaccine contains a "bioluminescent marker" to track people. The network quickly released a statement disavowing Robinson's position. Right-wing news network Newsmax distanced itself from one of its top reporters Thursday after she tweeted a biz...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Media, White House, Trends, News UK, Conspiracy Theories, Reuters, Robinson, Newsweek, NewsMax, One America News Network, Jacob Shamsian, Moderna, Anti-vaxxers, Emerald Robinson


2 children in Texas were given adult COVID-19 vaccines 3 times stronger than what they should have been given, one of their parents said

A COVID-19 vaccine. Reuters Two Texas children got adult COVID-19 vaccine doses, which is three times stronger, a parent said. The shots were given before CDC approved vaccines for kids that age. The FDA had given its approval. The local health department said two kids got doses "in error" and that officials are investigating. Health officials told the parents of two children in Texas that the kids were given adult doses of the coronavirus vaccine, one of the parents said.Julian Gonzalez, ...
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A coronavirus outbreak in Iowa deer is prompting scientists to worry if the animals could be a reservoir for the virus in the long term

Deer are seen in a field on October 10, 2019 in Winterset, Iowa. Joe Raedle/Getty Images A study found a number of deer in Iowa carried the coronavirus, and most likely got it from humans. More research is needed to find out if the deer could have passed the virus back to humans. The risk of animal to human transmission is low, but it is possible, as evidenced in Danish mink in 2020. A number of deer in the state of Iowa are carrying the coronavirus, according to a recent study, promptin...
Tags: Science, Animals, Trends, Iowa, News UK, Denmark, Hunting, The New York Times, Times, Deer, Reuters, University of Wisconsin Madison, Winterset Iowa, Goldberg, Penn State University, Tony Goldberg


Israel's energy minister said she couldn't attend the start of COP26 because her wheelchair couldn't get in

Karine Elharrar in Jerusalem in April 2021. REUTERS/Amir Cohen Israel's energy minister was stuck outside the first day of COP26 as her wheelchair could not get in. Her office said she waited outside for two hours before going back to her hotel in another city. She tweeted that the situation was "sad" and said "hopefully the lessons learned will be learned." Israel's energy minister said she couldn't attend the first day of the COP26 climate conference because she could not ent...
Tags: Politics, UK, Science, Israel, Jerusalem, Trends, Bbc, News UK, Un, Edinburgh, Naftali Bennett, Reuters, Bennett, Times of Israel, George Eustice, Climate Crisis


Elon Musk said he'd donate $6 billion if the UN could prove it would help the hunger crisis. Here are all the other humanitarian disasters he's tried to fix, and how it's going so far.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Patrick Pleul/picture alliance via Getty Images Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk doesn't shy away from a crisis. He's actively working to solve existential problems like climate change and traffic gridlock. He's also tried to solve immediate issues like ventilator shortages to varying degrees of success. Elon Musk has courted controversy and made headlines for all the wrong reasons in the past, but he's also had some remarkable success in developing worl...
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Chinese COVID-19 outbreak 'developing rapidly,' health officials say

Local residents queue up to receive COVID-19 vaccine booster shots on October 30, 2021 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Li He/VCG via Getty Images) China has recorded 72 cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, a 70% jump. The outbreak is centered in the northeast of the country. Health experts say the outbreak is "developing rapidly" with the virus being "severe." China's latest COVID-19 outbreak is "developing rapidly," a health official warned, according to Reuters. The country has see...
Tags: Science, China, Trends, Beijing, News UK, Winter Olympics, World Health Organization, Nhc, Reuters, Heihe, VCG, Getty Images China, Beijing China Photo, Li He, National Health Commission NHC, COVID



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