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How bad will the Omicron Covid variant be in Britain? Three things will tell us | Devi Sridhar

A new variant identified in southern Africa is causing global panic – but its real impact will be shown by the data scientists are racing to establishProf Devi Sridhar is chair of global public health at the University of EdinburghCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageOmicron, the name of the new Covid-19 variant that is sending worrying signals from southern Africa, sounds like something from Transformers. It has caused panic across the world, among governments, the public...
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Travel firms scramble to rearrange holidays amid new Covid measures

Swiss skiing holidays in doubt as country joins Spain in tightening travel rules to contain Omicron variantCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageTour operators are scrambling to rearrange Swiss skiing holidays after the country joined Spain in tightening travel restrictions amid rising concerns about the spread of the new Omicron Covid variant.From Saturday night Switzerland mandated 10 days of quarantine for all new arrivals, in effect wrecking skiing holidays in the Swiss...
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Swiss voters back law behind Covid vaccine certificate

After tense campaign, early results show about two-thirds in favour of law giving legal basis for Covid passCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSwiss voters have firmly backed the law behind the country’s Covid pass in a referendum, following a tense campaign that saw unprecedented levels of hostility.Early results on Sunday showed about two-thirds of voters supported the law, with market researchers GFS Bern projecting 63% backing. Continue reading...
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Fauci: US could face ‘fifth wave’ of Covid as Omicron variant nears

Collins and Fauci emphasise need for vaccines and boostersIsrael bans foreign visitors as Omicron fears riseCoronavirus: live coverageJoe Biden’s chief medical adviser, Anthony Fauci, has said the US has “the potential to go into a fifth wave” of coronavirus infections amid rising cases, stagnating vaccination rates, and underwhelming administration of boosters.Fauci’s comments to CBS’s Face the Nation in an interview to be broadcast in full on Sunday, come as countries scramble to guard against...
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Tensions run high as Swiss vote on Covid vaccine certificate law

Police increase security around several politicians and anticipate protests after result on SundayCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePeople in Switzerland are voting on a Covid vaccine certificate law, after a campaign characterised by unprecedented levels of hostility in a country renowned for its culture of compromise.As in much of Europe, Switzerland has seen growing anger over restrictions aimed at reining in the pandemic, and pressure to get vaccinated. Continue rea...
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Scientists sharing Omicron data were heroic. Let’s ensure they don’t regret it | Jeffrey Barrett

The teams in Africa who detected the new Covid genome moved quickly. Their actions should not result in economic loss• • See all our coronavirus coverageOne of the positive experiences during two years of pandemic gloom has been the speed of scientific progress in understanding and treating Covid. Many effective vaccines were launched in less than a year and rapid large-scale trials found a cheap and effective drug, dexamethasone, that saved thousands of lives.The global scientific community ha...
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The Observer view on the Omicron variant | Observer editorial

This time we’ve acted quickly. But there are still lessons to learn• • See all our coronavirus coverageScientists have always warned that the biggest risk to the UK at this stage of the pandemic is the emergence of a more infectious, virulent and vaccine-resistant variant of the virus. It remains to be seen whether Omicron, the new variant of concern identified by the World Health Organization last week is that.But the structure of Omicron – the number of concerning mutations in its spike prote...
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Covid live: UK to bring in new measures after Omicron variant detected; Israel bans oversea visitors

Masks to be mandatory in shops and on public transport in Britain; initially for 14 daysUK imposes new restrictions to fight Omicron as first cases foundSuspected Omicron Covid cases found in Germany and Czech RepublicNew York governor warns of Covid rise as US braces for Omicron arrivalWhat do we know about the new ‘worst ever’ Covid variant?See all our coronavirus coverageThe UK should cut the gap between the second dose of a Covid-19 vaccination and the booster jab from six to five months, ...
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Over 100,000 of the most vulnerable people have not had third jab

Cancer patients among those struggling to access their coronavirus booster vaccineCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA quarter of people with severely suppressed immunity that leaves them highly vulnerable to Covid have still not had a third vaccination, according to official figures that have caused serious concern among leading cancer charities.The figure emerged just days after NHS England contacted cancer specialists and services across the country asking them to ass...
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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...
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Covid live: PM announces new measures after two cases of Omicron variant detected in UK

PCR tests reintroduced for travellers to UK; 61 people from South Africa test positive for Covid in NetherlandsTwo cases of Omicron Covid variant identified in UKSuspected Omicron Covid cases found in Germany and Czech RepublicWhat do we know about the new ‘worst ever’ Covid variant?See all our coronavirus coverageThe UK should cut the gap between the second dose of a Covid-19 vaccination and the booster jab from six to five months, the Labour party said on Saturday, Reuters reports.As the new O...
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Covid live: two Omicron cases found in UK; South Africa ‘punished’ for detecting variant

61 travellers from South Africa in Netherlands; suspected Omicron cases in and ; unequal sharing of Covid vaccines , thinktank warnsTwo cases of Omicron Covid variant identified in UKSuspected Omicron Covid cases found in Germany and Czech RepublicOmicron variant unlikely to reboot Covid in UK, expert says US, UK, Canada and Australia restrict travel from southern AfricaWhat do we know about the new ‘worst ever’ Covid variant?See all our coronavirus coverageThe UK should cut the gap betwee...
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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...
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Covid live: suspected German and Czech Omicron cases; UK expert says pandemic ‘reboot’ unlikely

61 travellers from South Africa in Netherlands; unequal sharing of Covid vaccines , thinktank warns; travel bans target countries across southern AfricaSuspected Omicron Covid cases found in Germany and Czech RepublicOmicron variant unlikely to reboot Covid in UK, expert says US, UK, Canada and Australia restrict travel from southern AfricaFirst European case of new Covid variant detected in BelgiumWhat do we know about the new ‘worst ever’ Covid variant?See all our coronavirus coverageThe UK...
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Covid live: suspected Omicron case found in Germany; UK expert says pandemic ‘reboot’ unlikely

61 travellers from South Africa in Netherlands; first European case of B.1.1.529 variant ; travel bans target countries across southern Africa US, UK, Canada and Australia restrict travel from southern AfricaFirst European case of new Covid variant detected in BelgiumWhat do we know about the new ‘worst ever’ Covid variant?See all our coronavirus coverageThe UK should cut the gap between the second dose of a Covid-19 vaccination and the booster jab from six to five months, the Labour party ...
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Covid live: Omicron variant spreads to Europe; UK expert says ‘reboot of pandemic’ extremely unlikely

; US, UK, Australia, Canada and parts of Europe impose travel bans targeting countries across southern Africa US, UK, Canada and Australia restrict travel from southern AfricaFirst European case of new Covid variant detected in BelgiumB.1.1.529 variant ‘most worrying we’ve seen’, says UK medical adviserWhat do we know about the new ‘worst ever’ Covid variant?See all our coronavirus coverageThe UK should cut the gap between the second dose of a Covid-19 vaccination and the booster jab from six t...
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Covid news live: Omicron variant spreads to Europe; countries rush to impose travel bans on southern Africa

; the US, UK, Australia, Canada and parts of Europe impose travel bans targeting countries across southern Africa US, UK, Canada and Australia restrict travel from southern AfricaFirst European case of new Covid variant detected in Belgium B.1.1.529 variant ‘most worrying we’ve seen’, says UK medical adviserWhat do we know about the new ‘worst ever’ Covid variant?See all our coronavirus coverageAs Europe braces for a possible outbreak of the new Omicron coronavirus variant, here is a quick visu...
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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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Covid live: world scrambles to combat Omicron variant; New York declares ‘disaster emergency’

ECDC follows WHO in threat assessment of new variant; countries bar foreign nationals from several southern African nations; UK sees most new infections for a monthFirst European case of new Covid variant detected in BelgiumB.1.1.529 variant ‘most worrying we’ve seen’, says UK medical adviserWhat do we know about the new ‘worst ever’ Covid variant?Tell us: how are you affected by the southern Africa travel restrictions?Hungary needs to increase the number of people taking booster shots against C...
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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...
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Covid live: WHO calls Omicron variant of concern; New York declares ‘disaster emergency’

ECDC follows WHO in threat assessment of new variant; countries bar foreign nationals from several southern African nations; UK sees most new infections for a monthFirst European case of new Covid variant detected in BelgiumB.1.1.529 variant ‘most worrying we’ve seen’, says UK medical adviserWhat do we know about the new ‘worst ever’ Covid variant?Tell us: how are you affected by the southern Africa travel restrictions?Hungary needs to increase the number of people taking booster shots against C...
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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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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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Covid live: WHO and Europe class Omicron as variant of concern; US and Canada bring in travel curbs

ECDC follows WHO in threat assessment of new variant; countries bar foreign nationals from several southern African nations; UK sees most new infections for a monthFirst European case of new Covid variant detected in BelgiumB.1.1.529 variant ‘most worrying we’ve seen’, says UK medical adviserWhat do we know about the new ‘worst ever’ Covid variant?Tell us: how are you affected by the southern Africa travel restrictions?Hungary needs to increase the number of people taking booster shots against C...
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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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Covid live: WHO names new variant ‘Omicron’; US and Canada bring in travel curbs

Omicron labelled a ‘variant of concern’ by WHO; countries bar foreign nationals from several southern African nations; UK sees most new infections for a monthFirst European case of new Covid variant detected in BelgiumB.1.1.529 variant ‘most worrying we’ve seen’, says UK medical adviserWhat do we know about the new ‘worst ever’ Covid variant?Tell us: how are you affected by the southern Africa travel restrictions?Hungary needs to increase the number of people taking booster shots against COVID-1...
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Omicron variant spreads to Europe as UK announces countermeasures

Experts stress importance of delaying import of new Covid variant to UK to avoid Christmas mixingCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAs an alarming new Covid variant spread to Europe on Friday, scientists warned that it would inevitably reach Britain, while ministers faced calls to urgently speed up the vaccination programme.Thousands of travellers were left stranded or with their plans in disarray after flight bans were introduced targeting countries across southern Afri...
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