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# Omicron Variant

Last year
2022
# latest figures
Covid-19: 9,218 new cases, 824 people in hospital and 79 in ICU
Health authorities confirmed the figures this evening.
# omicron vaccine
Pfizer-BioNTech begin enrollments for Omicron-specific vaccine trial
Pfizer’s CEO Albert Bourla previously said at a conference that the pharmaceutical giant could be ready to file for regulatory approval of the shot by March.
# latest figures
Covid-19: 8,039 new cases, 885 people in hospital and 76 in ICU
Health officials announced the figures in a statement.
# Omicron Variant
WHO director says Europe could be headed for pandemic 'endgame'
Across the entire European region, Omicron accounts for 15% of all Covid-19 cases.
# latest figures
Covid-19: 8,126 cases, 845 people in hospital and 79 in ICU
The figures were confirmed by the Department of Health this afternoon.
# grammys 2021
Grammys postponed due to concerns over Omicron variant
The Recording Academy said that holding the show on 31 January would have “too many risks”.
# covid in europe
Record case numbers and new restrictions: How Europe is weathering Omicron
There has been a significant rise in Covid-19 cases across Europe, with 100 million being reported since the pandemic began.
# uk restrictions
Boris Johnson sticks with Plan B in bid to ‘ride out’ Omicron without lockdown
Johnson said now is the time for the ‘utmost caution’ but argued the booster rollout has given substantial protection to the nation.
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# promising signs
Drop in South Africa's Covid-19 cases may show Omicron peak has passed
There is a hint that infections involving the new variant may recede quickly after a ferocious spike.
# Omicron Variant
Boris Johnson accused of ‘ducking difficult decisions’ over pulling back from Christmas lockdown
Johnson said ministers are monitoring the data ‘hour by hour’ but indicated new measures are not expected before Christmas.
# mayor of london
'Major incident' declared in London due to the rapid spread of Omicron variant
It means there will be closer co-ordination between key public services.
# travel restrictions
France to toughen rules for travellers from UK due to Omicron fears
Travellers from Britain will need a negative Covid test from less than 24 hours earlier, to test again upon arrival and isolate for at least 48 hours.
# Omicron Variant
People in their 40s to get booster appointment next week as 15 minute observation period scrapped
It comes as GPs are planning on delaying all non-essential work to focus on boosters.
Taoiseach Micheál Martin has ruled out closing schools early for the Christmas break.
GPs are to cut back on non-essential services to accelerate the booster jab rollout
Approximately 14% of Ireland's Covid-19 cases are now the Omicron variant.
HSE tells centres to allow boosters after 3-month gap as Cabinet discusses Covid developments
Booster dose gap to be reduced to three months, Health Minister announces
# tory party
Leadership challenge ‘on the cards’ after Boris Johnson suffers largest rebellion
A senior Tory said if Johnson did not make changes, many would think it was time for a change.
# omicron
Government cannot rule out further restrictions in response to Omicron, Eamon Ryan says
The minister also said plans to further accelerate the vaccine booster programme would be considered this week.
# Boris Johnson
First death of patient with Omicron announced in UK, as Johnson faces into difficult week
The Omicron variant is set to become the dominant strain of coronavirus in London by tomorrow.
# debunk
Debunk: How did Omicron get to Australia if no one is allowed in or out?
Hint: They are. The variant was first detected from passengers arriving in Australia from abroad.
# Covid-19
Reinfections three times more likely with Omicron, South African research suggests
The preliminary study by South African scientists was published today.
# UK
Christmas party numbers should not be limited, says Johnson
Business minister George Freeman had suggested festive gatherings could depend on how many are attending
# variant
WHO experts expect details of Omicron transmission ‘within days’
Rising infection rates have seen governments reintroduce certain measures to try to stop the spread of Omicron.