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Omicron Covid-19 Is ‘Mild, Doesn’t Cause Death’, South Africa Data Shows

Jan 05, 2022 Jeevan Prakash Sharma

Omicron Covid-19: A comparative analysis of the infection and the mortality of all four waves confirms that the Omicron did infect a large number of people in the shortest span of time. However, it hasn’t caused death at all.

Rahul Gandhi Condoles Demise of Desmond Tutu; Terms Him 'Gandhian'

Dec 26, 2021 PTI

Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi in his condolence message said Desmond Tutu was a champion of the anti-apartheid movement and a Gandhian.


Archbishop Desmond Tutu | Looking Back At The Life Of South Africa's Noble Peace Prize-Winning Activist

A staunch advocate of Black human rights and retired Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, Desmond Tutu, died on Sunday at the age of 90.

PM Modi Condoles Death Of South Africa’s Nobel Prize Winning Activist Desmond Tutu

Dec 26, 2021 PTI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Desmond Tutu was a guiding light for countless people globally. Modi said his contribution, and emphasis on human dignity and human equality will be remembered forever.


Omicron Will Spike In India But Cases Will Be Mild, Says South African Doctor Who Identified Variant

Omicron Covid-19: Dr Angelique Coetzee, who first identified the new variant, said India will see a surge in the cases, but hopefully the majority of the cases will be as mild as in South Africa.

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21 December, 2021

Omicron Sweeps Across America, Account For 73% Of New Covid-19 Cases In US

Associated Press (AP)

Omicron Covid-19 cases have spiked up across US with 73 percent of the new cases recorded of the new variant in the country. Omicron is responsible for an estimated 90 per cent or more of new infections in the New York area, the Southeast, the industrial Midwest and the Pacific Northwest.


17 December, 2021

South Africa To Give Over 2 Million J&J Vaccines To Other African Nations

Associated Press (AP)

President Cyril Ramaphosa made the announcement today. The Covid-19 vaccine doses, that will approximately cost $18 million, will be produced at the Aspen Pharmacare manufacturing facility in Gqeberha.


16 December, 2021

Omicron Variant: South Africa Develops Indigenous Covid-19 Vaccine

Deutsche Welle

South Africa is grappling with the fourth wave of the Covid-19 driven by the Omicron variant. The country is pushing for more vaccinations — and for its own mRNA vaccine. The European Union, the World Health Organization and several countries are funding the project.


14 December, 2021

Covid-19: Pfizer Vaccine Not Effective Against Omicron Like Delta, Finds South Africa Analysis

Associated Press (AP)

Covid-19 Omicron variant was first detected in South Africa. The large-scale analysis of Pfizer vaccine effectiveness seems to support early indications that the the vaccine shot effective against Omicron like Delta variant.


11 December, 2021

Omicron Covid-19 Variant Milder Than Delta: South African Doctors

Associated Press (AP)

Omicron Covid-19 variant is causing milder infection than delta, even if it seems to be spreading faster, the South African doctors suspect. They said most of the patients with the Omicron Covid19 variant have recovered within 10 to 14 day period.


04 December, 2021

Omicron: South Africa Caught In Quagmire Amid Case Surge

Deutsche Welle

Omicron Covid-19 new variant has come with a spike in cases, but it remains to be seen how much it will affect South African hospitals. New Covid-19 infections have jumped from about 200 a day last month to more than 11,500 on Thursday.


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03 December, 2021

Omicron: WHO Expert Team In South Africa Amid Infection Spike

Outlook Web Desk

Omicron Covid-19 new variant was first detected in South Africa nearly a week ago, while the country is now witnessing a surge in the infections. The Omicron Covid-19 new variant has now been detected in 24 countries globally.


02 December, 2021

Omicron Covid-19 Variant: The Countries Which Have Closed Their Borders

Outlook Web Desk

With Omicron Covid-19 variant emergence, many countries have put restrictions on travel to the ‘high risk’ southern Africa countries, and are now closing their borders.


01 December, 2021

Omicron Covid-19 Variant May Have Been In Europe Before South Africa

Associated Press (AP)

Omicron Covid-19 variant: the Netherlands' RIVM health institute disclosed that patient samples dating from November 19 and 23 were found to contain it. It was on November 24, South African authorities reported the existence of Omicron to WHO.


01 December, 2021

Omicron Covid-19 Scare: Japan Begins Booster Vaccinations

Associated Press (AP)

Japan's initial vaccination drive kicked off in mid-February. Some medical workers who received jabs more than nine months ago are now eager to get additional protection, especially after the new variant known as Omicron.


30 November, 2021

7 People Came From South Africa To Thane In Last Fortnight; 4 Tested Negative For Coronavirus, Results Of 3 Awaited, Says Official

Outlook Web Desk

The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Monday warned that the global risk from the Omicron variant is “very high” based on the early evidence, saying the mutated coronavirus could lead to surges with “severe consequences".


28 November, 2021

Omicron Covid-19 Variant: South Africans Fear More Than Renewed Restrictions

Deutsche Welle

Omicron Covid-19 variant: about which the entire is worried, was first detected in South Africa. Many countries have imposed travel bans. In South Africa itself, people fear the restrictions more than the virus.


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28 November, 2021

Omicron: Italy, Germany Report Cases Of New Covid-19 Variant

Associated Press (AP)

Italy's health ministry is urging all regions to increase its tracing of the virus and sequencing to detect cases of the new variant first identified in South Africa.


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A farmer sits near his red chillies at a deserted APMC market, during the weekend curfew imposed by the Karnataka government to curb the spread of COVID-19, in Hubballi.

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Delhi Chief Minister & AAP National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal being welcomed by women supporters during his door-to-door campaign ahead of the Goa Assembly elections, in Goa.

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A health worker collects swab sample of a woman for COVID-19 test, amid concerns over rising Omicron cases, in Gurugram.

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Traffic jam on a road at Shalimar Bagh during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.

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The Lajpat Nagar market wears a deserted look during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.

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