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India’s rising coronavirus infections may peak peak next week, experts suggest

Indian cities such as capital New Delhi and Mumbai could peak next week after rising rapidly, experts say, as the country reports the highest number of daily cases since late May. The 247,417 new infections on Thursday were more than 30 times higher daily cases from a month ago, rising as the more transmissible Omicron […]

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Deltacron? New Covid-19 variant yet to be officially named discovered in Cyprus

A new coronavirus variant nicknamed “Deltacron” has been discovered in Cyprus, local media reported on Saturday. The variant has a similar genetic background to the Delta variant, as well as some of the mutations from Omicron, explained Dr. Leondios Kostrikis, the head of the laboratory of biotechnology and molecular virology at the University of Cyprus. […]

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Omicron and Delta variants could produce a ‘TSUNAMI’ of Covid-19 cases, WHO warns

The head of the World Health Organization has warned the Omicron and Delta coronavirus variants could produce a “tsunami” of COVID-19 cases that will put “immense pressure” on healthcare systems. “I’m highly concerned that Omicron, being more transmissible [and] circulating at the same time as Delta, is leading to a tsunami of cases,” WHO Director-General […]

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United States: Omicron variant account for more than 73% of new Covid-19 cases

More than 73 percent of new cases in the United States were caused by omicron, according to data the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) posted on Monday. On Monday, health officials in Texas announced what is thought to be the first omicron-related death in the United States. The Harris County Public Health department, […]

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Israel opens Covid-19 booster vaccine to children as young as 12 amid Delta variant concerns

Israel began giving Covid-19 boosters to children as young as 12, and its prime minister says a campaign that began a month ago among seniors has slowed a rise in severe illness caused by the Delta variant. Announcing the decision on Sunday, top Israeli health officials said the effectiveness of the second dose of the […]

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Covid-19 vaccines effectiveness drops from 91% to 66% after Delta variant circulation: US CDC study shows

The vaccine effectiveness against Covid-19 infection dropped from 91% to 66% once the Delta variant accounted for the majority of circulating virus, according to a study published by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “While we did see a reduction in the protection of the Covid-19 vaccine against the Delta variant, it’s still […]

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Highly infectious Covid-19 Delta variant ‘raises big questions’ about New Zealand’s response

The arrival of the highly infectious Delta variant has “raised some big questions” about New Zealand’s pandemic response. Covid-19 response minister Chris Hipkins said the variant “changes the game considerably” and makes existing protections “look less adequate”. It comes as the country announced a further 21 confirmed cases in the latest outbreak of the virus. […]

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New Zealand’s Delta Covid-19 outbreak started with traveler from Australia who had been in hotel quarantine

New Zealand’s growing Covid-19 outbreak that has sparked a national lockdown was caused by a traveller returning from Australia who had been in hotel quarantine. The New Zealander flew from Sydney to Auckland on August 7 and self-isolated in the Government’s makeshift quarantine facility at the Crowne Plaza hotel. An investigation found the patient picked […]

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United States averages over 107k daily Covid-19 infections as Delta surges

The United States is now averaging 100,000 new COVID-19 infections per day, returning to a milestone last seen during the winter surge as health officials urge people to get vaccinated to stem a surging spread of the Delta variant. Across the country, 70.6 percent of adults have received at least one dose of vaccines, while […]

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China locks down millions, imposes travel restrictions to curb fresh Covid-19 outbreak

A fresh Covid outbreak in China has spread to more locations, raising concerns over the country’s vulnerability to the highly contagious Delta variant. More than 300 cases have been detected within a span of 10 days. The government has imposed fresh travel restrictions and is testing millions. It is unclear how many in China are […]

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China witnesses worst Covid outbreak since Wuhan; Delta variant hits five provinces, thirteen cities

A Covid outbreak first discovered in the Chinese city of Nanjing has spread to five provinces and Beijing, with state media calling it the most extensive contagion after Wuhan. Almost 200 people have been infected since the virus was first detected at the city’s busy airport on 20 July. All flights from Nanjing airport will […]

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Covid Delta variant as transmissible as chickenpox, each infected person infects nine others: CDC document

The Delta coronavirus variant is surging across the United States and it appears to cause more severe illness and spread as easily as chickenpox, according to an internal document from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The document outlines unpublished data that shows fully vaccinated people might spread the Delta variant at the […]