COVID-19: BC to ban indoor organized events, shut nightclubs, reduce home gatherings in size | FULL

The British Columbia government has brought in a suite of new restrictions just before Christmas in an attempt to protect hospitals from a surge in Omicron COVID-19 cases. No indoor organized gatherings of any size will be allowed including weddings, receptions, holiday parties and other events. All the restrictions will come into place on Dec.… Continue reading COVID-19: BC to ban indoor organized events, shut nightclubs, reduce home gatherings in size | FULL

COVID-19: BC announces enhanced public health measures including capacity limits | FULL

British Columbia health officials have put new restrictions in place, including social gathering limits, to help reduce the spread of the Omicron COVID-19 variant in the province, announced provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry on Friday. Starting on Monday, indoor gatherings are restricted to one household plus 10 other individuals or one additional household if… Continue reading COVID-19: BC announces enhanced public health measures including capacity limits | FULL

Covid: First UK death recorded with Omicron variant

People should set aside the idea Omicron is a milder variant and get their booster jab, the PM says. Source link

Covid: First people in UK hospitals with Omicron variant

She said there had not been a report of a death from the variant in the UK yet, although she pointed out that it had only been identified two weeks ago. It is two weeks after infection that you would expect to see people admitted to hospital, with deaths coming after that. Source link

Covid: Vaccines should work against Omicron variant, WHO says

“We have highly effective vaccines that have proved effective against all the variants so far, in terms of severe disease and hospitalisation, and there’s no reason to expect that it wouldn’t be so” for Omicron, Dr Ryan, the WHO’s emergencies director, told AFP news agency. Source link

Omicron: Wales expects 'formidable wave' of Covid variant

Wales faces potentially perilous moment, says Mark Drakeford as Omicron forecast to peak in January. Source link

First Omicron Variant Case Identified in U.S.

Dec. 1, 2021 — The first case of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus in the United States was confirmed by officials today in an individual in California who had recently traveled to South Africa. He or she was fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and experienced only “mild symptoms that are improving,” officials with the CDC said.… Continue reading First Omicron Variant Case Identified in U.S.

Covid: Omicron variant in Netherlands earlier than thought

The new Covid-19 variant is found in Dutch samples taken before it was reported by South Africa. Source link

Biden: New COVID Variant ‘Cause for Concern,’ Not Panic

Nov. 29, 2021 — President Joe Biden said Monday that available vaccines are expected to provide some protection against the new Omicron COVID-19 variant, and federal health officials are working to gather more information on its potency before the first cases are detected in the United States. He was accompanied by top infectious disease expert… Continue reading Biden: New COVID Variant ‘Cause for Concern,’ Not Panic

What We Know – and Don’t — About the Omicron COVID Variant

Nov. 29, 2021 — Health experts across the globe are raising concerns about the newly discovered COVID-19 variant, Omicron, which was first identified in South Africa. The country’s minister of health announced last week that the variant had already spread in different areas of the country. The next day, the World Health Organization designated Omicron… Continue reading What We Know – and Don’t — About the Omicron COVID Variant