Omicron variant

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Eight in 10 people in China caught Covid since early December, say officials
Reported death toll surges to 72,000 after zero-Covid restrictions lifted; some experts estimate 1m deaths

Helen Davidson in Taipei

23, Jan, 2023 @10:59 AM

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China’s President Xi battles to save face as Covid U-turn weakens his grip on power
Despite public bullishness, overflowing hospitals across the country suggest its leader may have made a huge miscalculation

Gregor Stuart Hunter and Emma Graham-Harrison

01, Jan, 2023 @10:00 AM

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China: another Covid wave expected in rural areas after lunar new year
Many city workers heading home for holiday in late January are likely to take disease with them

Emma Graham-Harrison and Gregor Stuart Hunter

30, Dec, 2022 @4:13 PM

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EU states resist joining Italy on Covid testing for arrivals from China
Italy urges action at European level as more than 50% of recent arrivals from China test positive at Milan airport

Philip Oltermann in Berlin

29, Dec, 2022 @4:29 PM

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Is my RAT actually working? How to tell if your Covid test can detect Omicron | Thea van de Mortel for the Conversation
If you’re buying a RAT, you can check the TGA’s table to find out if the brand has been tested for sensitivity to newer variants

Thea van de Mortel for the Conversation

11, Dec, 2022 @11:52 PM

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Fears of deadly infection surge as China abandons zero-Covid policy
Dramatic U-turn following widespread unrest leaves country ill-prepared for Omicron

Emma Graham-Harrison

04, Dec, 2022 @7:00 AM

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Royal Mail brings forward last posting dates for Christmas
Service faces six days of strikes this month, as Ofcom says it should stop blaming pandemic for delays

Mark Sweney

02, Dec, 2022 @2:20 PM

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White House health officials: up-to-date vaccines key to move on from Covid
Fauci and Jha comments come amid campaign to encourage public to get the new coronavirus boosters as well as flu shots

Edward Helmore in New York

27, Nov, 2022 @8:45 PM

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SES warns ‘record-level flooding’ expected in Forbes – as it happened
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Cait Kelly and Natasha May

03, Nov, 2022 @8:21 AM

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New Covid-19 wave to hit NSW within weeks, chief health officer says
Exclusive: Kerry Chant reiterates importance of vaccine boosters as Omicron subvariants BQ.1 and XBB tipped to become dominant

Melissa Davey Medical editor

02, Nov, 2022 @6:30 PM

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New Covid variants are circulating. What do we know and will the Omicron-specific booster be effective?
WHO says the strains are not different enough to label them variants of concern but experts urge staying up to date with vaccines

Melissa Davey Medical editor

02, Nov, 2022 @2:00 PM

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Autumn Covid numbers peak at lower levels in UK – but flu cases are on the up
Despite encouraging survey, UK scientists warn of emergence of serious variant, leading to parallel epidemic

Robin McKie, Science Editor

23, Oct, 2022 @8:00 AM

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