Dutch find 61 COVID-19 cases on South Africa flight, believe some are Omicron variant – National

Dutch health authorities said on Saturday they had detected 61 COVID-19 cases among people who flew from South Africa on Friday and believe at least some infections are of the new omicron variant. The cases were discovered among 624 passengers who arrived at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport on two flights on Friday before the Dutch … Read more

South Newsmakers of the week: RRR’s Janani song, Samantha international project to Kamal Haasan COVID postive

Another week has passed and movies are back in theatres, while other languages movies are released on OTT.  Movies and celebs are back in action and new updates about movies have been announced. From Janani song from RRR to Samantha’s international project. Kartikeya Gummakonda wedding pics broke the internet with fire as many celebs attended. … Read more

‘A huge concern’: South Africa scientists scramble to combat spread of Omicron variant – National

As the world grapples with the emergence of the new highly transmissible variant of COVID-19, worried scientists in South Africa — where omicron was first identified — are scrambling to combat its lightning spread across the country. In the space of two weeks, the omicron variant has sent South Africa from a period of … Read more

U.S. to Place Travel Restrictions on South Africa, Other Countries

He said there had been some breakthrough infections among those who had recovered from the Delta variant, and among those who were vaccinated. But at the same time, he said, scientists do not know the severity of the infections caused by the new variant. It is entirely possible that it spreads more quickly but causes … Read more

The MASALA Study Explores Heart Disease in South Asian Americans

Are race and ethnicity risk factors for developing heart disease? According to the American Heart Association, yes. In 2018, the organization added race and ethnicity as factors in its high cholesterol risk guidelines, drawing attention to one overlooked health disparity in the process: Compared to the general United States population, South Asians have the highest … Read more

‘A storm in a teacup’: South African medics try to calm fears over Covid variant threat to Christmas

What do we know about the Omicron variant?  Scientists have said they are concerned about the B.1.1.529 variant, named by the World Health Organisation as Omicron, as it has around 30 different mutations – double the amount present in the Delta variant.  The mutations contain features seen in all of the other variants but also … Read more

Biden admin announces travel ban for South Africa and 7 other countries, citing new variant

“In addition, I call on the nations gathering next week for the World Trade Organization ministerial meeting to meet the U.S. challenge to waive intellectual property protections for COVID vaccines, so these vaccines can be manufactured globally. I endorsed this position in April; this news today reiterates the importance of moving on this quickly,” the … Read more

New COVID-19 variant detected in South Africa sparks travel bans and an anxious wait for data

Johannesburg — A potentially dangerous new strain of the coronavirus is alarming scientists around the world and prompting governments to ban travelers from southern African nations. The variant was first detected in South Africa, where scientists were quick to flag it to the global health community. As CBS News correspondent Debora Patta reports, there’s serious concern … Read more

South Africa criticizes Britain’s ‘rushed’ travel ban over new COVID-19 variant – National

South Africa’s foreign ministry said Britain’s decision to ban flights from South Africa because of the detection of a new COVID-19 variant “seems to have been rushed”, as even the World Health Organization is yet to advise on the next steps. Scientists have so far only detected the B.1.1.529 variant in relatively small numbers … Read more

‘More infectious and vaccine resistant’ Botswana Covid variant is driving South African surge

A new Covid variant that has more mutations than have ever been seen before is becoming dominant in South Africa and is feared to be ultra infectious and vaccine resistant, scientists warned today. Experts said the variant is growing ‘very quickly’ in South Africa and is driving the country’s surge in infections.  Around 100 cases … Read more