South Korea sets daily records for new coronavirus cases, deathsBy TRN Online
South Korea again broke its daily records for coronavirus infections and deaths and confirmed three more cases of the new omicron variant as officials scramble to tighten social distancing and border controls.
Residents flee huge ash cloud from Indonesia volcanoBy BBC
A volcano on the Indonesian island of Java is erupting, sending a vast plume of ash into the sky and blanketing nearby villages, reports say.
Six more U.S. states find Omicron casesBy TRN Online
Six more U.S. states confirmed infections of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 on Friday but the Delta strain likely remains a greater threat as winter sets in and Americans gather for the holidays, experts said.
Scientist says omicron was a group findBy TRN Online
The Botswana scientist who may well have discovered the omicron variant of the coronavirus says he has been on a “rollercoaster of emotions,” with the pride of accomplishment followed by dismay over the travel bans immediately slapped on southern African countries.
WHO tells Asia-Pacific to brace for Omicron as variant spreadsBy TRN Online
The World Health Organization (WHO) warned Asia-Pacific countries on Friday to boost healthcare capacity and fully vaccinate their people to prepare for a surge in COVID-19 cases as the Omicron variant spreads globally despite travel curbs.
WHO says measures against delta work for omicron variant tooBy TRN Online
World Health Organization officials in the Western Pacific say border closures adopted by some countries may buy time to deal with the omicron coronavirus variant, but measures put in place and experience gained in dealing with the delta variant should remain the foundation for fighting the pandemic.
Senate passes stopgap funding bill, avoiding shutdownBy The Rising Nepal
The Senate passed a stopgap spending bill Thursday that avoids a short-term shutdown and funds the federal government through Feb. 18 after leaders defused a partisan standoff over federal vaccine mandates. The measure now goes to President Joe Biden to be signed into law.
Omicron: India reports first cases of new Covid variantBy TRN Online
The men, who are 66 years and 46 years old, are currently under observation, a government spokesperson said.
Leopard enters classroom in IndiaBy BBC
A leopard was captured in the northern Indian city of Aligarh after it entered a school and attacked a student. The student, who suffered minor injuries, said he ran out of the classroom when he saw the animal hiding there.
GSK says tests indicate antibody-drug works against OmicronBy TRN Online
Laboratory analysis of the antibody-based COVID-19 therapy GlaxoSmithKline (GSK.L) (GSK) is developing with U.S. partner Vir (VIR.O) has indicated the drug is effective against the new Omicron variant, the British drugmaker said on Thursday.
Fiji reopens to tourismBy TRN Online
Fiji reopened its border to international travellers for the first time in nearly two years on Wednesday, December 1 as the Pacific Island country seeks to revive its dominant tourism industry.
First US case of Omicron variant detected in CaliforniaBy TRN Online
The United States' first confirmed case of the Omicron coronavirus variant was been identified in California. In a White House news briefing Wednesday, Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the case was in an individual who travelled from South Africa on Nov. 22 and tested positive for Covid-19 on Nov. 29.
S.Korea hits new COVID-19 record, halts quarantine exemptions to block OmicronBy TRN Online
South Korea's daily coronavirus case numbers rose to a new high on Thursday, as authorities halted quarantine exemptions for fully vaccinated inbound travellers for two weeks in a bid to fend off the Omicron variant.
EU launches €300bn bid to challenge Chinese influenceBy BBC
Projects had to be of high quality, with a high level of transparency and good governance, and had to deliver tangible results for the countries involved, she explained. One EU official told the BBC that Africa would be a major focus of the scheme.
Chinese premier urges enhanced pragmatic cooperation with RussiaBy TRN Online
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Tuesday co-chaired the 26th regular meeting between Chinese and Russian heads of government with his Russian counterpart Mikhail Mishustin via video link, urging the two sides to further inspire cooperation potential and improve the level of bilateral cooperation.
World Insights: Africa says China's vaccine pledge timelyBy TRN Online
The sum, including 600 million doses as donation and 400 million doses to be provided through such means as a joint production by Chinese companies and relevant African countries, was announced by Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday while addressing the opening ceremony of the Eighth Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) via video link.
Japan starts booster COVID vaccinations amid omicron scareBy The Rising Nepal
Japan on Wednesday started offering coronavirus vaccine booster shots to health care workers amid growing concerns over a new variant of the virus that has already been detected in the country.
US panel backs first-of-a-kind COVID-19 pill from MerckBy The Rising Nepal
A panel of U.S. health advisers on Tuesday narrowly backed a closely watched COVID-19 pill from Merck, setting the stage for a likely authorization of the first drug that Americans could take at home to treat the coronavirus.
Moderna CEO warns COVID-19 shots less effective against Omicron, markets tumbleBy TRN Online
Drugmaker Moderna (MRNA.O) set off fresh alarm bells in financial markets on Tuesday as the firm's chief warned that COVID-19 vaccines are unlikely to be as effective against the Omicron variant as they have been against the Delta version.