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How a missing gene led South African scientists to find omicron

Indian Express 01 Dec 2021
In early November, laboratories in South Africa’s Gauteng province began picking up something unusual while processing Covid-19 tests ... The Nov 25 announcement of its discovery triggered global panic and a market meltdown, with countries including the UK and the US imposing flight bans to and from South Africa ... Top News Right Now ... Mumbai News Live.
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Brazil and Japan report first cases of the omicron variant

Federal News Radio 01 Dec 2021
Brazil and Japan joined the rapidly widening circle of countries to report cases of the omicron variant Tuesday, while new findings indicate the mutant coronavirus was already in Europe close to a week before South Africa sounded the alarm ... Authorities said the patient was a man who had returned to Reunion from South Africa and Mozambique on Nov.
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Omicron fears: Commonwealth Wrestling Championships in South Africa called off

The Times of India 01 Dec 2021
After the postponement of the women's FIH Hockey Junior World Cup in Potchefstroom news has come that the Commonwealth Wrestling Championships, scheduled between December 3 and 5 in South Africa's Pretoria, has been deferred indefinitely due to concerns over the outbreak of Omicron there.
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'It was scary': How South African scientists spotted the Omicron Covid variantThe discovery of the ...

Deccan Herald 01 Dec 2021
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 ... Six South Africa and other high-risk nations returnees in Maharashtra test Covid-19 positive ... Deccan Herald News now on Telegram - Click here to subscribe ... World news. South Africa.
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CSA assures cricketing world of bio-bubble arrangements ahead of India seriesOn Tuesday, South Africa's foreign ...

Deccan Herald 01 Dec 2021
In a bid to assure the world about bio-bubble arrangements ahead of a very important series against India, Cricket South Africa (CSA) reiterated its capability to institute a biologically safe environment (BSE) of the highest standard ... South Africa assures 'best bio-secure environment' for Team India during tour ... South Africa. Sports News.
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Covid-19: Brazil and Japan report first cases of the omicron variant

Independent Online 01 Dec 2021
Brazil and Japan joined the rapidly widening circle of countries to report cases of the omicron variant Tuesday, while new findings indicate the mutant coronavirus was already in Europe close to a week before South Africa sounded the alarm ... Authorities said the patient was a man who had returned to Reunion from South Africa and Mozambique on Nov.
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African Countries Rage at New Travel Bans by Vaccine Hoarding Countries

Houston Forward Times 01 Dec 2021
“The virus has already found its way into these societies from individuals that haven’t even travelled to or come into contact with anyone from southern Africa,” he said ... GLOBAL INFORMATION NETWORK creates and distributes news and feature articles on current affairs in Africa to media outlets, scholars, students and activists in the U.S.
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World Insights: Africa says China's vaccine pledge timely

China.dot.org 01 Dec 2021
"This will be the biggest COVID-19 vaccine support ever given to African countries by a single country," said Gerald Mbanda, Rwandan researcher and publisher on China-Africa cooperation and founder of Africa-China Review news website, on Tuesday ... masks, among others, to Africa.
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Tourism Minister Lindiwe Sisulu pushes for lifting of travel ban against SA

Independent online (SA) 01 Dec 2021
Pretoria - Tourism Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has convened meetings with private-sector industry in her efforts to get South Africa off the travel red list ahead of the December holidays. Travel restrictions have been imposed on South Africa by several western and European countries, including the UK, US, Canada, Australia and Brazil ... Pretoria News .
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We Still Aren’t Treating the Pandemic as a Global Problem

The New Republic 01 Dec 2021
As the world learned of the omicron variant of the coronavirus last week, Western leaders responded in predictably counterproductive ways, banning flights to the region of Africa where the variant was first discovered—but too late to stop it from spreading around the world.
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Emirates to resume flights to South Africa, but there is one catch

Independent online (SA) 01 Dec 2021
Emirates suspended flights to and from South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia on November 27 after news broke that South Africa had detected a new variant of the Covid-19 virus, Omicron ... Since Emirates resumed flights to South Africa, it has further expanded its operations to include more weekly flights.
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Nigeria confirms first cases of Omicron variant

Ghana Web 01 Dec 2021
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said two cases of the new mutation were detected among two travelers who arrived from South Africa last week ... It is the first Omicron variant case reported in the Middle East and North Africa ... According to the news portal G1, the cases involve Brazilian missionaries living in South Africa.
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Ethiopia needs no foreign interference to end internal conflict: Top Chinese diplomat

Anadolu Agency 01 Dec 2021
Wang earlier attended a major Sino-Africa forum held in Senegal’s capital Dakar. Wang said on Sunday that “the 8th Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation will be a new milestone in China-Africa relations,” reported Xinhua, the Chinese state-owned news agency.​​​​​​​.
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Brazil, Japan report 1st cases of omicron variant

Hawaii Tribune-Herald 01 Dec 2021
Brazil and Japan joined the rapidly widening circle of countries to report cases of the omicron variant Tuesday, while new findings indicate the mutant coronavirus was already in Europe close to a week before South Africa sounded the alarm ... Authorities said the patient was a man who had returned to Reunion from South Africa and Mozambique on Nov.
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