Covid live news: Omicron variant detected in Canada as Fauci warns two weeks needed to study new strain

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The Australian authorities of New South Wales is investigating a imaginable 3rd lawsuit of the caller Omicron variant of Covid-19 arsenic the premier, Dominic Perrottet, has warned against “knee-jerk” reactions to the strain.

The NSW wellness section announced connected Sunday that 2 radical who had precocious returned from confederate Africa had tested affirmative for the caller variant successful Sydney.

A rider  has their pharynx  and chemoreceptor  swabbed for Covid-19 wrong  a pre-departure investigating  session  astatine  the departures hallway  astatine  Sydney Airport.
A rider has their pharynx and chemoreceptor swabbed for Covid-19 wrong a pre-departure investigating session astatine the departures hallway astatine Sydney Airport. Photograph: James D Morgan/Getty Images

They see South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, Eswatini, Malawi and the Seychelles.

But connected Monday Perrottet said determination had “possibly” been a 3rd case, which the state’s wellness section was investigating.

Guardian Australia analogous Michael McGowan has more:

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Canada’s wellness curate says the country’s archetypal 2 cases of Omicron person been recovered successful Ontario aft 2 individuals who had precocious travelled from Nigeria tested positive. They are the archetypal cases to beryllium detected successful North America. Canada has banned travellers who person visited confederate Africa countries successful the past 2 weeks successful a prohibition which came into effect connected Friday.

The apical US infectious illness official, Dr Anthony Fauci, has told president Joe Biden it will instrumentality astir 2 weeks to person definitive accusation connected the caller variant and has warned the US has “the imaginable to spell into a 5th wave” of coronavirus infections.

South Africa’s president, Cyril Ramaphosa, said Omicron was a “wake-up call” for planetary vaccine inequality. He has opposed question bans announced connected confederate African countries successful caller days, amid fears of the economical toll. The World Health Organization has echoed Ramaphosa’s interest and called for borders to stay open, citing uncertainty implicit the transmissibility, severity and vaccine disruption from Omicron.

Here’s a recap of the latest developments arsenic the caller Omicron variant continues to origin panic astir the world.

  • Authorities successful the Netherlands detected astatine slightest 13 cases of the Omicron variant from caller flights into Amsterdam from South Africa.
  • Botswana, which borders South Africa, said it has recorded a full 19 Omicron cases.
  • The UK said it has detected 3 full Omicron infections successful Nottingham, Essex and the London borough of Westminster, with targeted PCR investigating being stepped up.
  • European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen warned of planetary “race against time” against Omicron, urging radical to signifier societal distancing and get vaccinated truthful scientists person clip to recognize the caller variant’s transmissibility and severity.
  • The wellness ministers of the G7 volition clasp an exigency gathering connected Monday to sermon the Omicron variant.
  • The 194 subordinate states of the World Health Organization agreed to motorboat pandemic pact negotiations arsenic the satellite prepares to larn the lessons of Covid for the adjacent pandemic.
  • The UK reported 37,681 caller Covid cases and 51 deaths, with the authorities vaccine watchdog suggesting the vaccine booster thrust could beryllium accelerated arsenic soon arsenic Monday to suppress cases.
  • Secondary schoolhouse pupils and teachers successful England volition deterioration erstwhile again look coverings successful communal areas.
  • Israel suspended each flights into the country connected Sunday astatine 10pm GMT aft detecting its archetypal Omicron corruption connected Friday, conscionable 4 weeks aft it afloat opened its skies to vaccinated travellers.
  • Morocco said it volition halt each incoming flights for 2 weeks starting Monday to forestall dispersed of the caller strain.