What is the XE Omicron hybrid and should we be worried about it?

Researchers in several countries have identified hybrid variants of the Delta and Omicron strains of the coronavirus.Wold Health Organisation The first time one was reportedly spotted turned out to be a false alarm. This time it appears to be for real. Researchers in several countries have identified hybrid variants of the Delta and Omicron strains of the...

Variant that combines Delta and Omicron identified; dogs sniff out virus with high accuracy

  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. "Deltacron" with genes of Delta and Omicron found Hybrid versions of the coronavirus that combine genes from the Delta and Omicron variants - dubbed...

Australia Covid-19 infections hit record amid runaway Omicron outbreak

Australia on Thursday (Jan 13) reported its biggest pandemic caseload with a runaway Omicron outbreak driving up hospitalisation rates as the surge put severe strain on supply chains forcing authorities to ease quarantine rules for more workers. After successfully containing the virus earlier in the pandemic, Australia has reported nearly a million cases over the last...

China’s Tianjin tightens control over travel as Omicron spreads

People lining up for Covid-19 tests during a citywide mass testing in Tianjin on Jan 9, 2022.Reuters The Chinese city of Tianjin, with around 14 million people, has tightened exit controls and now requires residents to obtain approval from employers or community authorities before leaving town and a negative Covid-19 test within 48 hours of...

Are N95 masks necessary against Omicron? Which face mask offers the best protection against Covid-19, and slows the infection to others?

As the highly transmissible Omicron variant is set to become the dominant Covid-19 variant globally, some experts have called for the public to wear well fitted face respirators such as N95 masks amid concerns that the commonly used cloth and surgical masks might not offer enough protection. N95 masks are usually used by health care...

Singapore Has Reported 2 Imported Omicron Cases

The Singaporean Ministry of Health has reported two imported Covid-19 cases of the Omicron variant following preliminary testing. Based on a report by The Straits Times, both patients were aboard Singapore Airlines flight SQ479, arriving from Johannesburg on Wednesday (1 December). “They have undergone a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test upon arrival in Singapore and were immediately...

BREAKING: First Case of Omicron Detected in Malaysia

An Omicron variant case has been detected in Malaysia as of yesterday, 2 December 2021. Health Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, shared the worrisome news in a statement. “The Institute for Medical Research (IMR) has conducted PCR Genotyping Assay tests to over 74 Covid-19 positive samples detected at KLIA from 11 November to 28 November.” “As a result of the...

48 Countries & Territories Banned From Langkawi Tourism Bubble Over Omicron Fears

The Omicron variant has spread to all corners of the globe at a rapid rate with seemingly no end in sight. Yesterday, our neighbours reported their first cases. Meanwhile, just today, Malaysia reported its first cases of the “variant of concern“. This has prompted the Health Ministry to restrict and discourage any outbound overseas travel for Malaysians as well as inbound for international...

KJ: Senior Citizens & High Risk Group People Advised To Avoid Crowd & Cancel Overseas Trip Due To Omicron

As the Omicron variant is spreading across the world, many countries have resorted to tightening their borders over fears of the variant of concern. This has even delayed our transition towards the endemic phase. Apart from the precautionary measures, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin in a press conference yesterday (1 December), urged senior citizens in the high risk group to stay away from...