Health/Medicine

South African scientists brace for wave propelled by omicron
South African scientists brace for wave propelled by omicron

What looked like a cluster infection among some university students in Pretoria ballooned into hundreds of new cases and then thousands, first in the capital city and then to nearby Johannesburg, South Africa’s largest city.

World on alert as UK reports cases of omicron COVID variant
World on alert as UK reports cases of omicron COVID variant

Dutch authorities have isolated 61 people who tested positive for COVID-19 on arrival in the Netherlands on two flights from South Africa on Friday. They are carrying out further investigations to see if any of the travelers have the omicron variant.

Israel warns of ‘emergency’ after detecting new virus strain
Israel warns of ‘emergency’ after detecting new virus strain

The Health Ministry said it detected the new strain in a traveler who had returned from Malawi and was investigating two other suspected cases. The three individuals, who had all been vaccinated, were placed in isolation.

Germany faces grim COVID milestone with leadership in flux
Germany faces grim COVID milestone with leadership in flux

In practice, Germans faced a confusing array of pandemic rules, lax enforcement and a national election — followed by a drawn-out government transition during which senior politicians dangled the prospect of further lifting restrictions even as the infection rate rose.