Netherlands to go into Christmas lockdown to curb Omicron spread

Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Saturday that Netherlands will go into a strict lockdown over the Christmas and New Year period to contain the highly contagious Omicron variant. Measures including closure of all non-essential shops, restaurants, hairdressers and gyms, has gone into effect Sunday and will remain in place until January 14. All schools will be closed until …

AstraZeneca antibody cocktail works against Omicron in study

AstraZeneca said last week that a lab study of its COVID-19 antibody cocktail, Evusheld, found that the treatment retained neutralizing activity against the Omicron coronavirus variant, showing promise for wider use of the therapy. The study was conducted by independent investigators of the US Food and Drug Administration, and the company added that more analyses of Evusheld against the Omicron …

China detects second case of Omicron coronavirus variant on the mainland

From CNN Naitala na ng Tsina ang kanilang pangalawang kaso ng Omicron variant sa bansa matapos bumalik ang isang turista ng ilang linggo na ang nakalipas. Magiging hamon daw ito sa “zero-Covid” strategy ng bansa. Nadeklara ang kaso sa siyudad ng Guangzhou ngayong linggo matapos makita ang unang kaso nito sa Tianjin na isang port city. Ang kauna-unahang kaso ay …

Omicron spreading at unprecedented rate, WHO says

From CGTN and Al Jazeera Nagbabala ang World Health Organization na ang bagong coronavirus variant na Omicron ay kumakalat ng napakabilis at maaring nasa karamihan na ng mga bansa sa mundo. Sa ngayon, 77 na bansa ang nabalitaang may kaso na ng Omicron, pero maaring nasa mas maraming lugar pa ito, hindi pa lang nahahanap.Ayon sa kanila, yung bilis nito …

Thailand to expedite COVID-19 boosters in anticipation of Omicron

Thailand will lower to three months the time between administering a second COVID-19 vaccine shot and a booster, according to a health official, to try to strengthen immunity in anticipation of a local spread of the Omicron variant.  The country has so far detected eight imported cases of the variant but has yet to see community transmission, according to its …

UK COVID-19 alert level raised to level 4 amid surge in Omicron cases

Inakyat ng United Kingdom ang kanilang COVID-19 alert level paakyat ng Level 4. Ito ang pangalawang pinaka mataas na lebel na inaayon sa rekomendasyon ng UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) at dahil sa pag-akyat ng kaso ng Omicron variant.  Noong Linggo, nagtala ang UK ng 1,239 na kaso ng Omicron variant, ang pinaka mataas na daily case. Ayon sa UKHSA, ang …

Covid: First people in UK hospitals with Omicron variant

There are now people in the hospital in the United Kingdom because of the new Omicron variant. The new cases that tested positive for the brand new strain now account for a third of the cases in London. The Secretary of State for Education Nadhim Zahawi said that two doses of the vaccine are not enough and people are now …

Kanye West publicist pressed Georgia election worker to confess to bogus fraud charges

Weeks after the 2020 election, a Chicago publicist of hip-hop artist Kanye West traveled to the home of Ruby Freeman, a frightened Georgia election worker, who was facing death threats after being falsely accused by former President Donald Trump of manipulating votes. West’s publicist offered to help. Trevian Kutti gave her name but did not say she worked for West. …

Pakistani Taliban declares end to the ceasefire

Itinigil ng mga Taliban militants ang kanilang ceasefire na umabot ng halos isang buwan. Ito ay isinaayos sa tulong ng Afghan Taliban. Nahinto ito dahil lumabag daw umano ang gobyerno sa kasunduuan ng prisoner release agreement at pagsasagawa ng mga negotiating committees. Isa ito sa mga pagsubok magkaroon ng settlement para maitigil na ang kaguluhan na halos nakapatay na ng …