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Omicron variant spreads to Europe as UK announces countermeasures | Coronavirus | The Guardian

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As an alarming new Covid variant spread to Europe on Friday, scientists warned that it would inevitably reach Britain, while ministers faced calls to urgently speed up the vaccination programme. Thousands of travellers were left stranded or with their plans in disarray after flight bans were introduced targeting countries across southern Africa, where the variant was discovered. Hotel quarantine and enhanced testing would be brought in across the UK, the health secretary, Sajid Javid, said. B.1.1.529, or Omicron, was designated as a variant of concern by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday night due to its “concerning” mutations and […]

B.1.1.529 Covid variant ‘most worrying we’ve seen’, says top UK medical adviser | Coronavirus | The Guardian

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The chief medical adviser to the UK Health and Security Agency has warned that a newly identified Covid-19 variant in southern Africa is the “most worrying we’ve seen”, with transmission levels not recorded since the beginning of the pandemic. Dr Susan Hopkins said the R value, or effective reproduction number, of the B.1.1.529 variant in Gauteng in South Africa, where it was first found, is now 2. For an R of anything above 1, an epidemic will grow exponentially. She voiced her concerns as the European Commission announced plans to stop flights from the southern Africa region. England and Scotland […]

AstraZeneca chief links Europe’s Covid surge to rejection of firm’s vaccine | Coronavirus | The Guardian

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A decision not to use AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine for elderly people in some European countries could help explain why the virus is currently triggering such high levels of infections in mainland Europe, the company’s chief executive has said. Pascal Soriot told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that heightened T-cell immunity could be giving those who received the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab more durable immune protection against the virus. His comments came as the former chair of the UK vaccine taskforce Dame Kate Bingham urged the government to do better in its preparation for future disease outbreaks. Writing in the Times, she said […]

Coronavirus live updates: ‘Overwhelming majority’ of Americans should get booster shots, says Fauci – The Washington Post

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Fauci’s advice comes as cases tick back up across the country ahead of a holiday season that will bring more indoor, maskless gatherings. This content was originally published here.

AARON LEWIS Says He Beat COVID-19 After Taking Ivermectin, A Drug Unproven For Coronavirus Treatment

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STAIND frontman Aaron Lewis has opened up about his recent COVID-19 diagnosis, saying that he beat the virus by taking ivermectin, a drug with no evidence of being a safe or effective treatment for COVID-19. He said he also used Z-Pak, an antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections by inhibiting the growth of bacteria in the body. Lewis touched upon his COVID-19 battle publicly during his solo performance last night (Saturday, November 20) at the The Event Center at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races in Charles Town, West Virginia. Addressing the sold-out crowd at the 1,200-person-capacity venue, Aaron said […]

France to send special forces to Guadeloupe after looting, arson | Coronavirus pandemic News | Al Jazeera

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France is sending dozens of police special forces to restore order in the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe following rioting and looting amid protests against COVID-19 measures. Speaking to reporters on Saturday, French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said France will send about 50 members of the GIGN and RAID elite tactical forces of the gendarmerie and police to the overseas territory, where stores have been looted, shots fired at police, and 31 people were arrested overnight. The extra forces will increase the number of police and gendarmes available in Guadeloupe to 2,250, Darmanin said. “The first message is that the state […]

Austria to enter national lockdown, make vaccinations compulsory | Coronavirus pandemic News | Al Jazeera

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Austria will become the first country in Western Europe to reimpose a full coronavirus lockdown to tackle a new wave of infections and will require its whole population to be vaccinated as of February, its government has said. Roughly two-thirds of Austria’s population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, one of the lowest rates in western Europe. The government made the announcement on the lockdown on Friday. Its infections are among the highest on the continent, with a seven-day incidence of 991 per 100,000 people. Austria introduced a lockdown for all those who were unvaccinated on Monday but since then, infections […]

With federal sign-offs, all American adults now eligible for coronavirus vaccine boosters – The Washington Post

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Federal health officials hope a straightforward boosters-for-all policy will prompt millions more people to get the shots before they travel or gather with friends and family over the holidays. Many are concerned about the worsening picture as winter approaches. After new cases dipped to almost 69,000 on Oct. 25 — their lowest point in months — they began climbing again, with the seven-day average rising 40 percent to more than 96,000 on Thursday. The final piece of the booster-policy overhaul fell into place early Friday evening when Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, accepted two […]

Europe only region with increasing COVID deaths last week: WHO | Coronavirus pandemic News | Al Jazeera

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that Europe was the only region in the world where COVID-related deaths increased last week after a rise of 5 percent. In its weekly report on the pandemic issued on Tuesday, the WHO also said cases jumped 6 percent globally, driven by a rise in the Americas, Europe and Asia. WHO said COVID-19 deaths in all regions other than Europe remained stable or declined last week, totalling 50,000 worldwide. Of the 3.3 million new infections reported, 2.1 million came from Europe, it said. It was the seventh consecutive week that COVID-19 cases continued […]

Feds to lift coronavirus PCR test requirement for short trips | CP24.com

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Canadians making short trips out of the country could soon have an easier time coming back home. The federal government will be lifting the PCR test requirement for fully vaccinated travellers returning to Canada after short trips, CTV News has confirmed. The federal government has not released details so far, but has promised an announcement soon about changes to COVID-19 border measures. “Nov. 21 is the time at which these orders in council must be renewed and with the renewal will come announcements,” Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said Tuesday. All travellers into Canada– even those who are fully vaccinated – […]