“Wearing masks now mandatory”: New set of directives after Covid-19 spike

The government today (June 28, 2022) made it mandatory for people to wear masks whenever they go out of their houses to limit the transmission of coronavirus after the recent surge in cases.

Covid deaths surged by 40% last week, but cases fell everywhere: WHO

The number of people killed by the coronavirus surged by more than 40% last week, likely due to changes in how Covid-19 deaths were reported across the Americas and by newly adjusted figures from India, according to a World Health Organization report released Wednesday.

Omicron cousin BA.2 more prevalent in Dhaka between Jan 29-Feb 18: study

The BA.2 subvariant of Omicron variant of the coronavirus was more prevalent between January 29 to February 18 in Dhaka city, finds a study.

Patients with Omicron Covid-19 variant showing 'very mild' symptoms: South African doctor

A South African doctor who was one of the first to suspect a different coronavirus strain among patients said on Sunday that symptoms of the Omicron variant were so far mild and could be treated at home.

Indonesia bans holiday leaves to avoid Covid-19 surge

Indonesia has issued a ban on civil servants and workers in state-owned and private companies taking leave around Christmas and New Year, in a strong pre-emptive measure to avoid a Covid-19 flare-up.

France to announce new Covid-19 measures avoiding lockdown

France is set to announce new Covid-19 containment measures on Thursday (Nov 25) as infection rates surge nationwide, but does not plan a new lockdown like some other European Union countries.

June 28, 2022
June 28, 2022

“Wearing masks now mandatory”: New set of directives after Covid-19 spike

The government today (June 28, 2022) made it mandatory for people to wear masks whenever they go out of their houses to limit the transmission of coronavirus after the recent surge in cases.

March 30, 2022
March 30, 2022

Covid deaths surged by 40% last week, but cases fell everywhere: WHO

The number of people killed by the coronavirus surged by more than 40% last week, likely due to changes in how Covid-19 deaths were reported across the Americas and by newly adjusted figures from India, according to a World Health Organization report released Wednesday.

February 27, 2022
February 27, 2022

Omicron cousin BA.2 more prevalent in Dhaka between Jan 29-Feb 18: study

The BA.2 subvariant of Omicron variant of the coronavirus was more prevalent between January 29 to February 18 in Dhaka city, finds a study.

February 23, 2022
February 23, 2022

Omicron leading to herd immunity?

Is omicron leading us closer to herd immunity against Covid-19?

January 12, 2022
January 12, 2022

Coronavirus loses 90% infecting power within minutes in air: study

Coronavirus loses 90 percent of its ability to infect people within 20 minutes of becoming airborne – with most of the loss occurring within the first five minutes, according to the world’s first simulations of how the virus survives in exhaled air.

January 5, 2022
January 5, 2022

Omicron overtakes Delta variant in India

India today acknowledged that Omicron has become the dominant circulating variant of Covid-19, replacing Delta strain in the country.

December 31, 2021
December 31, 2021

Curfew lifted in South Africa as Omicron wave subsides without major deaths, hospitalisations

South Africa, where the Omicron variant was detected in November, said Thursday that the country's latest coronavirus wave had likely passed its peak without a significant increase in deaths and that restrictions would be eased.

December 29, 2021
December 29, 2021

‘Int’l travellers, who tested negative on arrival to India, testing positive later’

Amid a surge in Covid-19 cases in the Indian capital in the last few days, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain today pointed out that many international travellers, who tested negative at the airport, are testing positive a few days later and infecting their family members during the period.

December 3, 2021
December 3, 2021

US reports first case of community transmission, steps up fight against Omicron variant

The United States reported its first known case of community transmission of Omicron on Thursday hours before President Joe Biden was due to lay out his strategy to fight the coronavirus in the winter as the highly contagious variant spread across the globe.

December 1, 2021
December 1, 2021

Omicron Covid-19 variant: How South African scientists spotted it

On Friday, November 19, Raquel Viana, Head of Science at one of South Africa's biggest private testing labs, sequenced the genes on eight coronavirus samples - and got the shock of her life.