Oil set for 6th straight weekly decline as Omicron jolts markets

Crude has dropped sharply since October as consuming nations have tapped their reserves and a new coronavirus variant has emerged. By Julia FanzeresBloomberg Published On 3 Dec 20213 Dec 2021 Oil is poised for a sixth straight weekly decline as the omicron variant jolts markets and OPEC+ leaves the door open to adjusting output plans if … Read more

Omicron may be causing more reinfections among COVID survivors, South African scientists warn

South African scientists are warning that reinfections among people who’ve already battled COVID-19 appear to be more likely with the new omicron variant than with earlier coronavirus mutants. A research group has been tracking reinfections in South Africa and reported a jump with the arrival of omicron that they hadn’t seen when two previous variants, … Read more

Coloradans react to case of omicron variant in Arapahoe County

ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. — On Thursday, Colorado’s top health officials confirmed the state’s first case of the omicron variant in an Arapahoe County woman who recently traveled to southern part of Africa. The woman had been vaccinated but had not yet received her booster shot. Gov. Jared Polis said she is currently in quarantine at … Read more

Stand Firm Against Health Apartheid In Fight Against Pandemic: South Africa President

“As South Africa, we stand firmly against any form of health apartheid,” Cyril Ramaphosa said. Abidjan, Ivory Coast: South African President Cyril Ramaphosa Thursday warned against the risk of “health apartheid” as he took aim at travel bans imposed on his country after it detected the new Omicron variant of Covid. On a visit to … Read more

Previous Infection Does Not Provide Protection From ‘Omicron’: South Africa

The new variant, first reported to the WHO a week earlier, has popped up across continents. Johannesburg, South Africa: People infected with earlier variants of Covid do not appear to be protected against Omicron, although vaccination will still prevent serious illness, a top South African scientist said Thursday. “We believe that previous infection does not … Read more

COVID News: CDC orders contact tracing on travelers coming from southern African nations

NEW YORK (WABC) — The CDC is ordering airlines to collect contact tracing information on all passengers heading to the United States from South African nations. The directive follows President Biden’s order barring most foreign nationals from entering the country if they’ve recently been to southern Africa. The information includes a passenger’s full name and … Read more

New Omicron Cases In South Africa Double In A Day; Strain In 24 Countries

The number of new cases reported in South Africa doubled from Tuesday to Wednesday. Johannesburg: The heavily mutated Omicron variant of the coronavirus is rapidly becoming dominant in South Africa, less than four weeks after being identified there, authorities said on Wednesday, as other countries tightened their borders against the new threat. The United States … Read more

Coronavirus news live: South Africa sees ‘exponential increase’ in Covid cases, dominated by Omicron variant

10.08pm EST 22:08 Some Covid numbers from Germany are now in. The European nation reported another 73,209 new Covid cases for Wednesday and 388 deaths, according to data from the Robert Koch Institute. The figures bring the total confirmed cumulative coronavirus cases in the nation to 5,977,208 with 102,178 deaths. A crowd of people enjoy … Read more

‘Like a sucker punch’: Canadian travellers rethink holiday plans as Omicron variant spreads

Canadian travel agents are navigating the emergence of a new COVID-19 variant as clients cancel bookings and reconsider holiday trips. While it is too soon to know how the Omicron variant, which public health officials in southern Africa identified last week, will affect the travel industry, some travellers have already cancelled plans to visit Europe, … Read more

Omicron booster: Will we need a shot that targets the mutated variant?

by: Jeremy Tanner, Nexstar Media Wire Posted: Dec 1, 2021 / 07:29 AM EST / Updated: Dec 1, 2021 / 07:29 AM EST (File/Getty) (NEXSTAR) – With public health officials around the world bracing for the spread of omicron, will a booster shot tailored to defend against the mutated COVID variant become necessary? The variant, … Read more