Coronavirus

By Nancy Lapid - The following is a summary of some recent studies on COVID-19. They include research that warrants further study to corroborate the findings and that has yet to be certified by peer review. Coronavirus reinfections rarely severe Reinfections with the virus that causes COVID-19 are r...
WARSAW - Poland said on Monday it would ban flights to seven African countries, extend quarantines for some travellers and further limit numbers allowed into places like restaurants, amid concerns over the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus. The new measures will be in effect from Dec. 1-17. Pol...
DUBLIN - Ireland is studying more than 10 suspected cases of the new Omicron coronavirus variant after initial tests showed they had a trait distinguishing it from the dominant Delta variant, Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said on Monday. Unlike Delta, which has dominated infections worldwide this...
LONDON (Bywire News) - On Monday, Scotland reported six cases of Omicron, some of which were not at all linked to travel in South Africa. This has raised concerns over whether or not the new COVID-19 variant has begun spreading through the community. Earlier, Britain had confirmed three cases of the...
A person wears a face mask on the London underground, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in London, Britain, November 29, 2021. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
LONDON - Britain is set to unveil new guidance on speeding up and extending the rollout of COVID-19 booster shots on Monday, a junior health minister said, adding he was braced for more cases of the variant of concern Omicron. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation has been asked to loo...
ZURICH - The first probable case of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 has been detected in Switzerland, the government said late on Sunday, as the country tightened its entry restrictions to check its spread. The case relates to a person who returned to Switzerland from South Africa around a week ago,...
By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA - Member states of the World Health Organization have reached a tentative consensus to negotiate a future agreement on preventing pandemics, bridging the gap between sides led by the European Union and United States, diplomats said on Sunday. The draft resolution, hammere...
WASHINGTON - The United States' top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said on Sunday that Americans should be prepared to do "anything and everything" to fight the spread of the new COVID-19 variant Omicron. It is "too early to say" whether we need new lockdowns or mandates, Fauci told A...
By Phoebe Fronista ATHENS - Greece introduced new restrictions obliging churchgoers to present negative COVID-19 tests to attend services on Sunday following a surge in infections in recent weeks. Under new rules announced on Nov. 18, unvaccinated people are barred from indoor spaces including resta...
LONDON - Britain's health minister Sajid Javid said on Sunday he expected to receive advice imminently on whether the government can broaden a booster jab programme to try to tackle the emergence of the newly identified Omicron coronavirus variant. "The other thing that still remains hugely importan...
JOHANNESBURG - South Africa said on Saturday it was being punished for its advanced ability to detect new COVID-19 variants early, as travel bans and restrictions imposed because of the new Omicron variant threaten to harm tourism and other sectors of the economy. South Africa has some of the world'...
LONDON - Britain should cut the gap between the second dose of a COVID-19 vaccination and the booster jab from six to five months, Britain's main opposition Labour Party said on Saturday as the new Omicron variant sparked concern around the world. "This new variant is a wake-up call," said Labour's ...
MUMBAI - Sri Lanka said on Saturday it was barring travellers from six Southern African countries on Saturday over concerns about the new Omicron https://www..com/business/healthcare-pharmaceuticals/japan-tighten-border-controls-s-africa-others-new-virus-variant-jiji-2021-11-26 variant of COVID-19. ...
GENEVA - The World Trade Organization (WTO) became the first major diplomatic casualty of the new coronavirus variant on Friday when it postponed its first ministerial meeting in four years due to the deteriorating health situation, Geneva-based sources said. Ministers from WTO members were due to g...
BRUSSELS -European Union states have agreed to suspend temporarily travel to southern Africa after the detection of a new COVID-19 variant, the presidency of the EU said on Friday. A committee of health experts from all 27 EU states "agreed on the need to activate the #emergency break & impose t...
LONDON - Britain reported 50,091 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, the highest since October 21, government statistics showed, adding there had been a further 160 deaths within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test.   (Reporting by Alistair Smout, Editing by Kylie MacLellan)...
By Tim Cocks JOHANNESBURG - Terry and Roger Hugo, both retirees in their 70s, couldn't wait to see their grandchildren come over to visit South Africa from Britain for the first time, after cancelling last year's Christmas plans because of COVID-19. Now they are mortified at having to call everythin...
HANOI - Drugmakers Pfizer Inc and MSD, which is known as Merck & Co Inc in the United States and Canada, have agreed to give licenses to firms in Vietnam to produce COVID-19 treatment pills, Vietnam's ministry of health said on Friday.   (Editing by Martin Petty)...
LONDON - COVID-19 vaccination is safe for pregnant women and not associated with higher rates of complications, data released by the UK Health Security Agency showed on Thursday, as officials urged pregnant women to take up the offer of shots. The real-world data from the rollout of COVID-19 vaccine...
-The European Union drug regulator on Thursday approved the use of Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine for children between the ages of five and 11, opening the way for them to be given a first shot as the region battles surging infections. The vaccine, which is called Comirnaty, will be given in two...