‘Zero-Covid’ China fights to contain Omicron

Beijing reported its first community case of Omicron today, with local and imported infections of the strain now detected in about half of the country’s provinces and municipalities. The northern port city of Tianjin and central province of Henan have further tightened Covid restrictions as the highly contagious Omicron variant continues to spread, with 97 peopleContinue reading “‘Zero-Covid’ China fights to contain Omicron”

New IHU Variant found in France

Scientists in France have discovered a new strain of Coronavirus that is believed to be more infectious than the highly transmissible Omicron variant. Scientists at the Méditerranée Infection University Hospital Institute (IHU) first discovered the new variant on December 10. The new strain has been dubbed as B.1.640.2. or IHU.  According to a research paper published onContinue reading “New IHU Variant found in France”

UK got it wrong – Lockdowns do more harm than good

In a new book by Professor Mark Woolhouse, an infectious disease epidemiologist from Edinburgh University, outlines the mistakes and missteps that made the pandemic worse in the UK. There was a pivotal moment at the start of the pandemic that encapsulates the confusion of the Government’s early efforts to tackle covid-19. In March 2020 atContinue reading “UK got it wrong – Lockdowns do more harm than good”

Another year dawns – surging cases and variant risks – Delmicron ? Flurona ?

A year ago today, 44 million people in England and 3 million people in Wales were living in “Stay at Home” lockdown restrictions, with indoor household mixing prohibited; New Year’s Eve celebrations were effectively cancelled. The Oxford Astra Zenica vaccine programme was about to start a few days later here in Wales. This year, asContinue reading “Another year dawns – surging cases and variant risks – Delmicron ? Flurona ?”

UK four nations diverge on post Christmas restrictions

There will be no further Covid restrictions in England before the new year, Health Secretary Sajid Javid has announced. However, people should “remain cautious” and celebrate outside on New Year’s Eve if possible. In marked contrast, new Covid restrictions came into force in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland on 26th & 27th December, introducing curbsContinue reading “UK four nations diverge on post Christmas restrictions”


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