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Delta variant pushes hospitals to ‘breaking point’

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Indian 'Delta' variant causes 84% increase in COVID-19 cases in children as hospitals in Texas, Florida and Missouri warn they are at 'breaking point' as the US sees 100,000 daily cases and nearly 500 deaths over a s...

Bank of England could delay rate hike on Omicron Covid variant fears

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Will Omicron derail a potential pre-Christmas interest rate hike? Covid variant could influence Bank of England's December decisionInvestors now expect the Bank of England will hold off on a hike until 2022 The bank ...

Germany and France accused on hypocrisy over Delta variant

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Merkel and Macron are accused of hypocrisy over push to keep Brits out of Europe this summer as data shows Delta variant is taking over in Germany and is behind up to 70% of cases in regions in the South West of Fran...

PHE says it has spotted 53 cases of ‘Mu’ variant in UK

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PHE says it has spotted 53 cases of 'Mu' variant in UK which is feared to be resistant to vaccines and is already spreading in 49 US statesPublic Health England said it had detected 53 cases of the mutant strain Sour...

Covid admissions in South Africa hit highest level since variant hit

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Daily Covid admissions in Omicron-hit South Africa hit highest level since variant took off and cases surge 81% in a week to 23,884 — but major real-world study claims variant IS milder and patients are discharged qu...

Interactive tool reveals spread of Indian ‘Delta’ variant in UK

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How many cases of the Delta variant have been spotted in YOUR town? Interactive tool and maps reveal how mutant strain has spiralled to make up 99% of all infectionsPublic Health England surveillance found 36,800 or ...

How super-mutant variant sparked worldwide travel ban

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From discovery to global panic in 48 hours: How South African scientists' warnings about soaring cases of Covid super-mutant variant sparked frantic cabinet meeting and worldwide travel banB.1.1.529 was first discove...

Why you DON’T need to panic about new Covid variant ‘XE’

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Why you DON'T need to panic about new Covid variant 'XE': UK officials have spotted nearly 640 cases of the Omicron sub-strain which may be 10 per cent more infectious - but experts say there's 'no need to get worked...

Pfizer vaccine may be 42% effective against Delta variant, Moderna 76%

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Pfizer's Covid vaccine is only 42% effective against Indian 'Delta' variant while Moderna's jab is 76% effective, Mayo Clinic study suggestsThe two most commonly used COVID-19 vaccines in the U.S. may not be as effec...

Biden speaks amid warnings of new Omicron variant 

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Biden says Omicron variant WILL come to U.S. but is NOT a 'cause for panic': President says lockdowns and travel bans won't be necessary if Americans get vaccinated, booster shots and wear masks (after calling strain...

Sydney enters two week Covid lockdown as Delta variant grips city

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'Zero Covid' Sydney plunges into two week lockdown in struggle to control outbreak of Indian variant that has grown to 80 cases from 'patient zero' limo driver for air crewSydney enters strict two-week lockdown from ...

Not a single variant of high concern was spotted among travellers

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No cases of Beta, Mu, or Gamma Covid variants were spotted in air travellers arriving in Britain last month despite a MILLION tests being carried out, official data showsTest and Trace statistics show 11,950 arrivals...

New Zealand records its first case of the Omicron Covid variant

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New Zealand records its first case of the Omicron Covid variant after Jacinda Ardern locked out Australians from the countryNew Zealand has recorded its first case of the Omicron variant on Thursday Person infected w...

Pfizer’s vaccine ‘significantly less’ effective against Delta variant

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Israeli government says Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine provides 'significantly less' protection against the Indian 'Delta' variant than health officials had hopedIsrael says the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is 'weaker...

PROFESSOR BRENDAN WREN: Do not panic. Jabs have worked on each variant

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PROFESSOR BRENDAN WREN: Do not panic. Jabs have worked on every variant - the world IS winning Brendan Wren is a professor of vaccinology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine When an expert...

Catching Omicron variant ‘does NOT provide immunity from reinfection’

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Catching Omicron variant 'does NOT provide immunity from reinfection', scientists reveal – saying it helps explain the continued rise in casesLatest study finds Omicron variant of Covid gives no immunity from reinfec...