Next pandemic could be more lethal than Covid, vaccine creator says

https://kathmandupost.com/world/2021/12/07/next-pandemic-could-be-more-lethal-than-covid-vaccine-creator-says Future pandemics could be even more lethal than Covid-19 so the lessons learned from the outbreak must not be squandered and the world should ensure it is prepared for the next viral onslaught, one of the creators of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine said. The novel coronavirus has killed 5.26 million people across the world, according… Continue reading Next pandemic could be more lethal than Covid, vaccine creator says

Nepal woefully short on COVID vaccines – The Himalayan Times – Nepal’s No.1 English Daily Newspaper

https://thehimalayantimes.com/nepal/nepal-woefully-short-on-covid-vaccines KATHMANDU, DECEMBER 5 Even as several South Asian countries, including India, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, and Bangladesh are rushing to complete their vaccination targets and finalising booster shot strategies in the wake of rapid spread of the Omicron variant of coronavirus, the Nepal government seems to be floundering in the dark. While Minister of Health… Continue reading Nepal woefully short on COVID vaccines – The Himalayan Times – Nepal’s No.1 English Daily Newspaper

Work on holding centres started before second Covid wave yet to be completed

https://kathmandupost.com/health/2021/12/05/work-on-holding-centres-started-before-second-covid-wave-yet-to-be-completed Amid fears of the highly contagious Omicron variant of Covid-19 spreading in Nepal, public health experts have stressed the need for a mandatory 14-day quarantine for everyone returning from abroad. However, the work on the holding centers that the government had decided to set up in all provinces, mostly at Nepal-India border points, before… Continue reading Work on holding centres started before second Covid wave yet to be completed

Study suggests past COVID infection may not fend off omicron – The Himalayan Times – Nepal’s No.1 English Daily Newspaper

https://thehimalayantimes.com/world/study-suggests-past-covid-infection-may-not-fend-off-omicron THE HAGUE, NETHERANDS, DECEMBER 4 South African scientists are warning that reinfections among people who’ve already battled COVID-19 appear to be more likely with the new omicron variant than with earlier coronavirus mutants. A research group has been tracking reinfections in South Africa and reported a jump with the arrival of omicron that they… Continue reading Study suggests past COVID infection may not fend off omicron – The Himalayan Times – Nepal’s No.1 English Daily Newspaper

Political parties’ lack of concern about Covid may prove costly for the country, experts warn

https://kathmandupost.com/health/2021/12/02/political-parties-lack-of-concern-about-covid-may-prove-costly-for-the-country-experts-warn Amid a growing risk of spread of Omicron, a highly contagious variant of SARS-COV-2, that causes Covid-19, the national conventions of Nepal’s major political parties—CPN-UML, Nepali Congress, Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Center), Rastriya Prajatantra Party—have either just concluded or are about to start. And what is concerning is political parties are holding the… Continue reading Political parties’ lack of concern about Covid may prove costly for the country, experts warn

Chinese border cities limit rail imports amid COVID outbreak in the north – The Himalayan Times – Nepal’s No.1 English Daily Newspaper

https://thehimalayantimes.com/world/chinese-border-cities-limit-rail-imports-amid-covid-outbreak-in-the-north BEIJING, NOVEMBER 30 A few Chinese border cities are halting some non-container commodity imports by rail to reduce the risk of COVID-19 clusters caused by the virus brought in from other countries amid a resurgence of infections in northern areas of China. China’s efforts to keep the virus out face increasing pressure as infections… Continue reading Chinese border cities limit rail imports amid COVID outbreak in the north – The Himalayan Times – Nepal’s No.1 English Daily Newspaper

India advises states to step up COVID testing; Mumbai delays school reopening – The Himalayan Times – Nepal’s No.1 English Daily Newspaper

https://thehimalayantimes.com/world/india-advises-states-to-step-up-covid-testing-mumbai-delays-school-reopening BENGALURU, NOVEMBER 30 India’s health ministry said on Tuesday states should ramp up COVID-19 testing as the world battles the new coronavirus variant Omicron, while some cities delayed the reopening of schools as a precautionary measure. The ministry also said the Omicron variant “doesn’t escape RT-PCR and RAT (testing)”, appeasing some concerns among domestic… Continue reading India advises states to step up COVID testing; Mumbai delays school reopening – The Himalayan Times – Nepal’s No.1 English Daily Newspaper

Countries, including Nepal, told to be vigilant as COVID cases surge globally – The Himalayan Times – Nepal’s No.1 English Daily Newspaper

https://thehimalayantimes.com/nepal/countries-including-nepal-told-to-be-vigilant-as-covid-cases-surge-globally KATHMANDU, NOVEMBER 28 In view of the surge in COVID-19 cases elsewhere and detection of a new variant of concern ‘Omicron’, the World Health Organisation has appealed to countries in South-East Asia Region to scale up surveillance, strengthen public health and social measures, and enhance vaccination coverage. This region comprises 11 countries, including Nepal.… Continue reading Countries, including Nepal, told to be vigilant as COVID cases surge globally – The Himalayan Times – Nepal’s No.1 English Daily Newspaper

China study warns of ‘colossal’ COVID outbreak if it opens up like U.S., France – The Himalayan Times – Nepal’s No.1 English Daily Newspaper

https://thehimalayantimes.com/world/china-study-warns-of-colossal-covid-outbreak-if-it-opens-up-like-us-france BEIJING, NOVEMBER 28 China could face more than 630,000 COVID-19 infections a day if it dropped its zero-tolerance policies by lifting travel curbs, according to a study by Peking University mathematicians. In the report published in China CDC Weekly by the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, the mathematicians said China could not… Continue reading China study warns of ‘colossal’ COVID outbreak if it opens up like U.S., France – The Himalayan Times – Nepal’s No.1 English Daily Newspaper

COVID variant spreads to more countries as world on alert – The Himalayan Times – Nepal’s No.1 English Daily Newspaper

https://thehimalayantimes.com/world/covid-variant-spreads-to-more-countries-as-world-on-alert LONDON, NOVEMBER 28 The new potentially more contagious omicron variant of the coronavirus popped up in more European countries on Saturday, just days after being identified in South Africa, leaving governments around the world scrambling to stop the spread. The U.K. on Saturday tightened its rules on mask-wearing and on testing of international arrivals… Continue reading COVID variant spreads to more countries as world on alert – The Himalayan Times – Nepal’s No.1 English Daily Newspaper