China faces Omicron ‘tsunami,’ says top official as Shanghai and Beijing battle to contain Covid spread

BEIJING: China faces a “tsunami” from Omicron, a senior official said Friday, as the country reported more than 20,000 Covid-19 cases, with the largest city Shanghai for more than three weeks under lockdown while more than 21 million people in the capital Beijing underwent a third nucleic acid test amid the growing list of “risk … Read more

Global Health issues new warning about Corona

The World Health Organization warned on Tuesday that the significant drop in the number of Covid tests being conducted has left the world in a state of blindness to the continued development of the virus and its potentially dangerous mutations.The United Nations agency said reported injuries and deaths also declined significantly.“More than 15,000 deaths were … Read more

Global Health issues new warning about Corona

The World Health Organization warned on Tuesday that the significant drop in the number of Covid tests being conducted has left the world in a state of blindness to the continued development of the virus and its potentially dangerous mutations.The United Nations agency said reported injuries and deaths also declined significantly.“More than 15,000 deaths were … Read more

More than half of US has had COVID-19, antibody study shows – National

Following the record surge in COVID-19 cases during the Omicron-driven wave, about 58 percent of the U.S. population overall and more than 75 percent of younger children have been infected with the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic. The U.S. national blood test was released Tuesday. The study of blood samples sent to labs … Read more

Everything you need to know about the new Omicron BA.2 subvariant

The BA.2 subvariant of Omicron is still the dominant strain in the United States. (AFP photo) The BA.2 subvariant of Omicron has produced more mutated offshoots, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which are gaining a foothold in the United States. While BA.2 is still the dominant variant in the US, BA.2.12.1 now … Read more

Masks on planes: Transport minister weighs in on US court ruling

Canada’s Transport Minister Omar Alghabra says masking guidelines while traveling still apply, as the US moves to drop its national mandate. Speaking in Calgary on Tuesday, Alghabra said while he won’t comment directly on the US court ruling that impacts plane, train, taxi, and other forms of travel, Canada continues to follow the science on … Read more

Omicron-specific Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine candidates cleared for clinical trial

BEIJING: Two COVID-19 vaccine candidates developed by units of China National Biotec Group (CNBG) to target the Omicron variant were approved for clinical trials as boosters in Hong Kong, the Sinopharm subsidiary said on Saturday (Apr 16). Scientists worldwide are racing to study upgraded injections against Omicron, as data indicated that antibodies elicited by vaccines … Read more

New Ontario COVID cases have likely plateaued around 100,000 a day

COVID-19 cases in Ontario have likely plateaued around 100,000 new infections a day, according to new wastewater signal analysis by the province’s science advisory table. The science table’s scientific director, Dr. Peter Jüni, is warning that it is uncertain whether new infections will stay at this level, increase or start to drop. “We need to … Read more

COVID: Wear a mask, get boosted amid sixth wave, says Tam

Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam is advising Canadians to continue to wear a mask, regardless of varying jurisdictional guidelines, as the country sees a resurgence of COVID-19 cases. Speaking to reporters during a pandemic update on Tuesday, Tam also underlined the need to get boosted with a third COVID-19 vaccine dose to … Read more

China’s Health System Faces Raft Of Challenges As Omicron Hits

China is battling its biggest spike in coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic, with millions under lockdown and the healthcare system feeling the pressure. One of the last countries sticking to a zero-Covid strategy, China aims to stamp out every infection with strict lockdowns and by sending all cases to secure facilities. That … Read more