Omicron driven third wave in India likely to peak in Feb: Covid Supermodel Panel – ET HealthWorld

Daily COVID-19 caseload in India that is currently around 7,500 infections is expected to increase once the Omicron starts displacing Delta as the dominant variant, informed members of the National COVID-19 Supermodel Committee and predicted the third wave in India early year. Vidyasagar, who is also the head of the National COVID-19 Supermodel Committee, said that India will have Omicron’s third wave but it will be milder than the second wave. “Third wave is likely to arrive early next year in India. It should be milder than the second wave…

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Covid-19: Anthony Fauci warns of bleak winter with Omicron ‘raging through the world’ – ET HealthWorld

WASHINGTON: Top US pandemic advisor Anthony Fauci on Sunday warned of a bleak winter ahead as the Omicron coronavirus variant spurs a new wave of infections globally, sparking restrictions and concerns over hospital capacity. “One thing that’s very clear… is (Omicron’s) extraordinary capability of spreading,” Fauci told NBC News. “It is just… raging through the world.” Since it was first reported in South Africa in November, Omicron has been identified in dozens of countries, prompting many to reimpose travel restrictions and other measures. Despite indications it is not more severe…

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EU official: Omicron to be dominant variant by mid-January – ET HealthWorld

BRUSSELS: European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Wednesday that omicron is expected to be the dominant coronavirus variant in the 27-nation bloc by mid-January. The head of the EU’s executive branch said the bloc is well prepared to fight omicron with 66.6% of the European population now fully vaccinated against the virus. Von der Leyen said she is confident the EU has the “strength” and “means” to overcome the disease, although expressing her disappointment that once again year-end celebrations will be disturbed by the pandemic. “Like many of…

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WHO expects increase in number of deaths, hospitalisations from Covid variant Omicron – ET HealthWorld

GENEVA: The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that it expects an increase in the number of hospitalisations and fatalities related to the new Omicron coronavirus strain, reported Sputnik. “As case numbers linked to a variant of concern increase globally, we expect the number of hospitalized cases and even deaths to be reported,” the WHO said in a statement. The UN health agency also said that more information is needed to fully understand the clinical picture of those infected with Omicron and WHO encourages countries to contribute to the collection…

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Omicron variant: Maharashtra reports two more cases, country’s tally climbs to 40 – ET HealthWorld

Maharashtra reported two more fully vaccinated people infected with the Omicron variant of COVID-19, with both having Dubai travel history, taking the tally in the country to 40 on Monday. This comes a day after Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Chandigarh reported their first Omicron case. With this, Omicron has been detected in Maharashtra (20), Rajasthan (9), Karnataka (3), Karnataka (3), Kerala (1) and Andhra Pradesh (1) and Union Territories of Delhi (2) and Chandigarh (1). Both the patients, including a woman, detected in Maharashtra are asymptomatic and were fully vaccinated,…

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First person dies from Omicron variant in United Kingdom – ET HealthWorld

At least one patient has died in the United Kingdom after contracting the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday. “Sadly at least one patient has now been confirmed to have died with Omicron,” Johnson told reporters. “So I think the idea that this is somehow a milder version of the virus – I think that’s something we need to set on one side – and just recognise the sheer pace at which it accelerates through the population.” Since the first Omicron cases were detected…

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Omicron variant could replace Delta strain globally: Head of Russian Gamaleya Institute – ET HealthWorld

The Omicron strain of the coronavirus could eventually replace the Delta variant, as it is already happening in South Africa, Alexander Gintsburg, the director of Russia’s Gamaleya Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology, told Sputnik. “Reports are coming in that in South Africa it [Omicron] is replacing it [Delta] rather fast. So everything is possible,” Gintsburg said. According to the Gamaleya institute director, the effectiveness of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine against the Omicron strain will be tested within ten days. Earlier this month, Gintsburg told Sputnik that the Gamaleya…

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Omicron variant to be detected in 20 minutes by molecular diagnosis test – ET HealthWorld

Korean researchers have developed molecular diagnostics technology that can detect Omicron variants. The technology development has been currently completed, and it is expected to take time for commercialization. POSTECH announced on the 10th that a research team led by Professor Lee Jung-wook of the Department of Chemical Engineering has developed molecular diagnostic technology that can detect the Omicron variant in just 20-30 minutes and will publish the results online. Omicron is a variant in which 26-32 mutations in the spike, which is used to infect cells by the COVID-19 virus.…

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Omicron scare: Section 144 imposed in Mumbai for weekend – ET HealthWorld

MUMBAI: In the backdrop of the Omicron variant of coronavirus, the Mumbai Police has imposed Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) on Saturday and Sunday. The order prohibits any rally or morcha or procession etc., of either persons or vehicles. The order shall come into force with effect from 12.01am on December 11 and will remain in place until midnight on December 12. “Any person contravening this order shall be punishable under Section 188 of IPC and other legal provisions as applicable,” said a statement issued by…

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Will booster shots prove efficacious in countering Omicron? – ET HealthWorld

The newly detected COVID variant Omicron with a high number of mutations have raised fears of developing severe disease amongst people. This has rapidly raised the demands for booster dose with signs of waning immunity and preliminary studies suggesting that the two-doses of vaccine might not be enough to avert the health threat posed by the Omicron variant. Early studies by South African scientists found a 41-fold drop in the level of antibodies against the new variant in comparison to that detected in Wuhan at the beginning of the pandemic.…

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