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Top U.S. general Milley tests positive for COVID-19: spokesman

WASHINGTON, Jan 17 (Reuters) – U.S. Joint Chiefs Chairman General Mark Milley tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday and is experiencing very minor symptoms while isolating and working remotely, a spokesman said on Monday. Milley’s most recent contact with President Joe Biden was on Jan. 12 at the funeral of retired General Raymond Odierno, the … Continue reading Top U.S. general Milley tests positive for COVID-19: spokesman

Covid: Deadly Omicron should not be called mild, warns WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned against describing the Omicron variant as mild, saying it is killing people across the world. Recent studies suggest that Omicron is less likely to make people seriously ill than previous Covid variants. But the record number of people catching it has left health systems under severe pressure, said … Continue reading Covid: Deadly Omicron should not be called mild, warns WHO

Covid: US reports record infections as Europe’s Omicron cases also soar

The US and several European countries have reported their highest daily rises in Covid cases since the pandemic began, as the Omicron variant spreads. More than 440,000 new cases were recorded in the US on Monday, health officials said. France, Italy, Greece, Portugal and England have also reported record numbers of daily infections. Officials have … Continue reading Covid: US reports record infections as Europe’s Omicron cases also soar

Travel stocks fall as Omicron spurs mass flight cancellations for fourth day

Dec 27 (Reuters) – Shares of U.S. airlines and other travel-related companies fell on Monday as rising Omicron cases and weather-related problems forced the cancellation of hundreds more flights, leaving travelers stranded across the country during the holidays. Over 1,000 flights were canceled within, into, or out of the United States on Monday, data from … Continue reading Travel stocks fall as Omicron spurs mass flight cancellations for fourth day

Omicron: Australia pauses next phase of border reopening

Australia has paused plans to reopen its borders to some foreign nationals amid fears over the new Covid variant. The country was due to allow vaccinated skilled migrants and international students entry from 1 December. But Prime Minister Scott Morrison said a delay of a fortnight was “necessary” following Omicron’s discovery. The heavily mutated variant … Continue reading Omicron: Australia pauses next phase of border reopening

Covid: Virus may have killed 80k-180k health workers, WHO says

Healthcare workers must be prioritised for vaccines, WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, and he criticised unfairness in the distribution of jabs. The deaths occurred between January 2020 and May of this year. Earlier, another senior WHO official warned a lack of jabs could see the pandemic continue well into next year. There are an … Continue reading Covid: Virus may have killed 80k-180k health workers, WHO says

Covid vaccine: India drones deliver Covid jabs to remote areas Dr Samiran Panda said drones are being used to deliver doses in mountainous states in the country’s north-east. India aims to vaccinate all eligible citizens by the end of 2021 but experts say the drive needs to pick up a consistent pace to meet the … Continue reading

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