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WHO says COVID cases, deaths fall 24%
... resulted in severe lockdown measures in China. WHO said it was monitoring several mutants of the virus descended from the omicron variant, including some recombined forms of existing omicron subvariants. The health organization said scientists in Botswana and South Africa have detected new forms of the omicron variant, labeled as BA. They are not sure yet if they might be more transmissible or dangerous. The new versions of omicron have been detected in four people in Botswana and 23 people ...
Updated: 04/13/2022
South Africa discovers two new omicron variants
... are alerted to the continued evolution but not concerned, de Oliveira said by text message. There is already a lot of laboratory science on virus neutralization and vaccines under way and we are strengthening genomic surveillance. South Africa and Botswana were the first to discover omicron in November, and South Africa was the first country to have been hit by a wave of infections caused by the strain. Even as daily cases hit a record in December, hospitalizations and deaths were a fraction of ...
Updated: 04/12/2022
WHO tracking new variants of Omicron strain
... disease. There were only a few dozen cases of BA. According to WHO, 5 have been reported to the global GISAID database. The Health Security Agency of the UK said last week that BA. From Jan. 10 to March 30, 4 had been found in South Africa, Denmark, Botswana, Scotland and England. As of last week, there were 5 cases in South Africa, but on Monday Botswana's health ministry said it had identified four cases of BA. There were 5, all of the people aged 30 to 50 who had been fully vaccinated and experiencing ...
Updated: 04/11/2022
Afghanistan is world’s happiest country
... released ahead of the U.N. designated International Day of Happiness on Sunday. The annual report ranked Afghanistan as the last among 149 countries surveyed, with a happiness rate of just 2.5. Lebanon was the second saddest country in the world, with Botswana, Rwanda and Zimbabwe rounding out the bottom five. Finland placed first for the fourth year in a row with a 7.8 rating, followed by Denmark and Switzerland, with Iceland and the Netherlands also in the top five. The countries were ranked after ...
Updated: 03/19/2022
Natural Diamond supply peak, says De Beers CEO
... from $2.79 billion in 2020, according to company data. In December, De Beers said it had applied to conduct exploration activities in north-eastern Angola, following reforms of the country's diamond industry. Cleaver said the company is exploring in Botswana, Canada and South Africa, and that they are very focused on exploration. Last year, it also commissioned a survey of the ocean floor off the Greenland coast in a first step to determine whether it could hold deposits of highly-prized marine diamonds....
Updated: 02/21/2022
UAE lifts ban on African travellers
A general view of a Dubai duty free closed shop at Dubai International Airport, as Emirates Airlines resumed limited outbound passenger flights due to the outbreak of the coronaviruses COVID - 19 in Dubai, UAE on April 27, 2020. A general view of a Dubai duty free closed shop at Dubai International Airport , as Emirates Airlines resumed limited outbound passenger flights due to the outbreak of the coronaviruses COVID - 19 in Dubai , UAE on April 27, 2020. REUTERS Ahmed Jadallah DUBAI, Jan 27...
Updated: 01/27/2022
Boosters of COVID vaccines increased protection against Delta, Omicron
... Health officials have been looking for ways to limit the spread of Omicron, such as encouraging wider use of medical-grade face masks that had been earmarked for health workers. The highly transmissible variant was first detected in South Africa and Botswana last year and spread quickly around the world in a matter of weeks. The variant was confirmed in a U.S. patient on December 1, but genetic evidence from wastewater shows it began spreading in the country days to weeks earlier.
Updated: 01/21/2022
New strain of COVID 19 identified in France
... immunity evasive. He said it remains to be seen in which category this new variant will fall. Many countries are experiencing a spike in COVID 19 cases due to the Omicron variant that was first identified in November last year in South Africa and Botswana . The variant of concern has spread to over 100 countries since. In India , a total of 1,892 cases of Omicron variant have been detected across 23 states and Union Territories so far.
Updated: 01/04/2022
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