First discovered a year ago in South Africa, the SARS-CoV-2 variant later dubbed "Omicron" spread across the globe at incredible speed. It is still unclear exactly how, when and where this virus originated. Now, a study published in the journal Science by researchers from Charite - Universitatsmedizin Berlin and a network of African institutions shows that Omicron's predecessors existed on the African continent long before cases were first identified, suggesting that Omicron emerged gradually over several months in different countries across Africa.
New Delhi [India], October 18 (ANI): A meeting between Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya along with senior health officials regarding the emergence of Omicron's new sub-variants is underway in the national capital on Tuesday, said sources.
Beijing [China], October 11 (ANI): New Omicron sub-variants BF.7 and BA.5.1.7, which are highly infectious with greater transmissibility have been detected in China, in the latest COVID flare-up, which comes just ahead of the 20th Party Congress.
Geneva [Switzerland], September 15 (ANI): World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Wednesday said that the number of weekly reported deaths from COVID-19 last week plunged to its lowest since March 2020 and added that the end of the pandemic is now in sight.
New Delhi [India], August 31 (ANI): Dr NK Arora, Chairman of the COVID working group, National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI), on Wednesday said that COVID-19 is still around us and quite a significant transmission of viruses is going on.
New Delhi [India], August 29 (ANI): The economic activity in India is in recovery mode as growth seen broad basing with most sectors operating at pre-pandemic levels, a joint survey conducted by industry body FICCI and Indian Banks' Association revealed. The uptick in growth was despite a muted start to this year due to emergence of Omicron variant.