WHO provides grim Omicron warning

The World Health Organisation says the Omicron Covid variant poses a “very high” global risk and that it is likely to spread further around the world. The World Health Organisation has warned that the Covid-19 Omicron variant poses a “very high” global risk and warned it is likely to spread further across the world. The … Read more

Two more Omicron cases found in NSW

Genomic testing has confirmed two more overseas travellers who recently arrived in NSW have been infected with the Omicron variant. Authorities have called for calm after a string of Omicron cases were confirmed in Australia, sparking fears of a new Covid threat. The arrival of the highly-transmissible strain on Australian shores on Sunday — after … Read more

Australia preparing to tighten quarantine rules due to new variant

A key meeting has taken place this morning to discuss the new and concerning Covid variant that has emerged overseas. Australians who have been in South Africa and a handful of other countries within the last 14 days are expected to be put in quarantine, as the world races to contain a new Covid-19 variant. … Read more

Pharmaceutical firms work to tweak vaccines against new ‘Omicron’ variant

W ork is underway to look at tweaking vaccines against the new concerning strain of coronavirus that has sparked travel bans. The variant, named Omicron and designated a “variant of concern” by the World Health Organisation (WHO), has reached Belgium after being discovered in South Africa. The WHO warned that preliminary evidence suggests the variant … Read more

Six African countries added to red list amid fears over Covid variant

A rrivals from six African countries to the UK will have to quarantine following the emergence of a new Covid variant, which some experts say is the “worst one we’ve seen so far”. Flights from South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Botswana, Eswatini and Zimbabwe will be suspended from midday on Friday and all six countries will … Read more