New COVID-19 variant

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France Discovers New Variant Of COVID-19 Named IHU, Severe Than Omicron

After Omicron variant of COVID-19, world witnessed a new variant IHU (B.1.640.2), which was discovered in France, on January 4. Experts at institution IHU Mediterranee, claimed the new variant to be more dangerous and infectious than Omicron, as it contain 46 mutations. In addition, France reported 12 cases of IHU infection, which is still under investigation by the World Health Organization (WHO). Details about this new variant is awaited… read-more

Tue, 04 Jan 2022 - 05:00 PM / by Varsha Joshi

Tags: NEW VARIANT, omicron, Covid-19, WHO, France

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WHO Chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

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WHO Cautions Against Large Gatherings On Christmas & New Year

Ahead of the Christmas and New Year celebrations, World Health Organisation (WHO) warned of large gatherings considering the spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, on December 21. It added that the gathering of ''people coming from different places'' may increase the spread of the variant. Earlier on December 20, WHO director-general Dr Tedros Adanom Ghebreyesus had said, ''An event cancelled is better than a life cancelled.''   

Tue, 21 Dec 2021 - 06:35 PM / by Brijesh Goswami

Tags: WHO, Christmas, New Year, gatherings, omicron

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Omicron Cases

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Omicron Doubles In 1.5 to 3 Days In Local Affected Areas: WHO

Covid-19's new variant Omicron doubled in 1.5 to 3 days in areas showing community transmission. "Omicron is spreading rapidly in countries with high levels of population immunity. But it is unclear if this is due to the virus's ability to evade immunity, it's inherent increased transmissibility, or a combination of both," said WHO. The organization also termed the new strain, as "Variant of Concern" and issued an alert to nations globally… read-more

Sat, 18 Dec 2021 - 07:12 PM / by Varsha Joshi

Tags: omicron, WHO, India, Community Transmission, Global Variant

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Afghanistan To Receive Medical Supplies From India

The Ministry of External Affairs on December 11 said a consignment of medical supplies were dispatched by India to Kabul on a return flight which evacuated Indians and Afghans from Afghanistan. Reportedly, the World Health Organization will receive it in Kabul, and will administer it at the Indira Gandhi Children Hospital here. The flight got back 10… read-more

Sat, 11 Dec 2021 - 11:48 AM / by Nehal Surana

Tags: Afghanistan, Humanitarian Help, India, Ministry of External Affairs, WHO

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WHo Directors Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

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WHO Warns Against Vaccine Hoarding As Supply Lessened For Poor Countries

The WHO warned several rich nations against hoarding vaccines for booster shots to fight Omicron threat. Notably, countries are authorizing booster doses to elderly and people with underlying health issues. The WHO condemned the hoarding and said storage will affect poor countries, which will have insufficient doses, especially when Omicron is spreading rapidly. The WHO emergencies director Mike Ryan said, "Omicron appeared to be 'fitter and… read-more

Fri, 10 Dec 2021 - 01:38 PM / by Madhvi Jha

Tags: WHO, covid vaccines, Omicron variant, Western Nations, health issue

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WHO Chief Tedros Adhanam Ghebreyesus

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Omicron May Change The Course Of Pandemic: WHO Chief

The World Health Organization (WHO) cautioned countries against Covid-19's new variant Omicron, stating that it will "change the course of pandemic." Tedros Adhanam Ghebreyesus, the WHO Chief, on December 8, asked to fasten vaccination process and said, "This virus is changing, our collective resolve must not." The WHO in a media brief said, although Omicron showed milder symptoms, it is too early to be definite about the new mutant. 

Thu, 09 Dec 2021 - 02:45 PM / by Varsha Joshi

Tags: omicron, Covid-19, WHO, Global Pandemic, United States

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WHO Condemns Direct Travel Ban On South Africa: Omicron Scare

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO Chief slammed countries for continuing direct flight ban to Africa, the origin of Covid-19's new variant Omicron. The WHO, on December 5, condemned the travel ban imposed amid Omicron scare and criticised nations for not accepting negative Covid-19 reports of South Africa and demanding "Third Country Report." Travel bans targeting Africa is attack on global solidarity, said WHO. 

Mon, 06 Dec 2021 - 08:31 PM / by Varsha Joshi

Tags: omicron, Covid-19, WHO, travel ban, South Africa

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WHO Chief Tedros Adhanom.

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Omicron Variant Of Covid-19 Reported In 23 Countries So Far: WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, confirmed that 23 countries, including Botswana, Nigeria, South Korea, the United Kingdom, Brazil, Japan, Canada and Australia reported Omicron new Covid-19 variant cases. Classified as "Variant of Concern" Omicron found in South Africa is spreading rapidly across the globe. Addressing a press conference, the WHO chief alerted all the countries, asking to take Omicron as an… read-more

Thu, 02 Dec 2021 - 01:30 PM / by Varsha Joshi

Tags: WHO, Omicron Strain, Covid-19, 23 Countries, Global

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Lok Sabha To Discuss Covid-19 Related Aspects: Parliament Winter Session

Lok Sabha will discuss the Covid-19 Pandemic and various aspects related to it on December 2, on the fourth day opening of the winter sessions. The session is likely to conclude on December 23, and will discuss concerns over the Omicron variant and the cases reported by many countries. Under the rule of 193 the discussion will be held. On 24 November, South Africa first reported the new Omicron variant.

Thu, 02 Dec 2021 - 12:22 PM / by Madhvi Jha

Tags: parliament, Covid-19, omicron, lok sabha, WHO

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Mansukh Mandaviya

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Health Minister To Chair Meeting With States' APHOs & PHOs: Omicron Scare

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya will chair a meeting with the states over airport surveillance and screening with Airport Public Health Officials (APHOs) and Port Health Officials (PHOs) on December 2, as per sources. On November 24, South Africa first reported the new Omicron Variant to the World Health Organization (WHO). Meanwhile, this new variant is now reported in many European countries.

Thu, 02 Dec 2021 - 11:16 AM / by Madhvi Jha

Tags: Covid-19, Mansukh Mandaviya, omicron, APHO, WHO

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