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Nepal records 315 new cases, 304 recoveries and two deaths on Tuesday

KATHMANDU, Dec 7: Nepal recorded 315 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday along with 304 recoveries and two deaths, according to the latest information provided by the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP). As many as 11,810 samples were tested for COVID-19 on the same day. Of them, 272 PCR ...

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New data shows GSK-Vir drug works against all Omicron mutations

Dec 7: British drugmaker GSK (GSK.L) said on Tuesday its antibody-based COVID-19 therapy with U.S. partner Vir Biotechnology (VIR.O) is effective against all mutations of the new Omicron coronavirus variant, citing new data from early-stage studies. The data, yet to be published in a peer-reviewed medical journal, shows that the ...

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Malaria deaths rise by 69,000 in 2020 due to COVID-19 disruptions, says WHO

DAKAR, Dec 7: Healthcare disruptions linked to the coronavirus pandemic helped malaria kill 69,000 more people in 2020 than the previous year, but a worst-case scenario was averted, the World Health Organization said on Monday. In total over 627,000 people globally – most of them babies in the poorest parts ...

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S.African official says children sick with COVID-19 have mild infections

JOHANNESBURG, Dec 6: Higher hospital admissions among children during a fourth wave of COVID-19 infections in South Africa that has been driven by the Omicron coronavirus variant should not prompt panic as infections have been mild, a health official said on Saturday. A large number of infants admitted with COVID-19 ...

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Nepal has stock of 20 million doses of vaccines against COVID-19: Health minister

KAVREPALANCHOWK, Dec 5: Minister for Health and Population, Birodh Khatiwada has said Nepal has a stock of 20 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines and asked all who received the second dose of vaccine to receive the third dose as well. Addressing an event organised by CPN (Unified Socialist) at Roshi ...

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Govt enforces ban on entry of people from nine countries amid risk of Omicron virus

KATHMANDU, Dec 3: The government has decided to impose a ban on the arrival of people from nine countries including those from the African continent which recorded the cases of Omicron virus. The decision came into effect at midnight Thursday. After the government order, the passengers coming from these nine ...

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WHO says measures against delta work for omicron variant too

MANILA, Philippines, Dec 3: World Health Organization officials in the Western Pacific say border closures adopted by some countries may buy time to deal with the omicron coronavirus variant, but measures put in place and experience gained in dealing with the delta variant should remain the foundation for fighting the ...

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Brain problems found in 1% of hospitalized COVID-19 patients; real-world data shows Moderna vaccine highly effective

Dec 2: The following is a summary of some recent studies on COVID-19. They include research that warrants further study to corroborate the findings and that has yet to be certified by peer review. Brain problems seen in 1% of hospitalized COVID-19 patients Roughly one in every 100 patients hospitalized ...

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How South African scientists spotted the Omicron COVID variant

JOHANNESBURG, Dec 1: On Friday Nov. 19, Raquel Viana, Head of Science at one of South Africa’s biggest private testing labs, sequenced the genes on eight coronavirus samples – and got the shock of her life. The samples, tested in the Lancet laboratory, all bore a large number of mutations, ...

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Analysis: Scientists ask whether Omicron can outrun Delta

Nov 30: As scientists race to understand the consequences of the Omicron COVID-19 variant, one of the most important questions is whether this new version of the coronavirus can outrun the globally dominant Delta variant. The World Health Organization on Friday designated Omicron a “variant of concern” just days after the variant ...

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