Australia detects first Covid-19 Omicron infections

Health officials said Sunday they had detected the Covid-19 Omicron strain in Australia for the first time in two passengers who were tested after flying into Sydney from southern Africa. The eastern state of New South Wales’ health authority said it had conducted urgent genomic testing and confirmed the new[…]

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UK confirms first two cases of new covid strain

Britain on Saturday confirmed its first two cases of the new Omicron strain of COVID-19, both linked to travel from southern Africa, and expanded travel restrictions on the region. “After overnight genome sequencing, the UK Health Security Agency has confirmed that two cases of COVID-19 with mutations consistent with B.1.1.529[…]

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Proteas Netherlands series called off

Cricket South Africa (CSA) and Koninklijke Nederlandse Cricket Bond (KNCB) have mutually agreed to defer the three-match Betway One-Day International (ODI) series which began on Friday. The decision comes as a result of mounting anxiety and concern on the side of the visiting team around travel bans and restrictions on flights from[…]

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Saudi Arabia suspends flights to and from 7 African countries due to new COVID-19 variant

Saudi Arabia announced the suspension of flights from seven African countries on Friday, due to the emergence of a new variant of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The Ministry of Interior said it had been decided to suspend flights from and to South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Lesotho and Eswatini, based on the continuous[…]

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