New Covid19 variant named Omicron by WHO

Belgium has become the first European country to confirm a case of the new variant. The European Union is already struggling to cope with fresh waves of coronavirus, and several countries have re-imposed lockdowns and restrictions. Since Thursday a number of countries have placed restrictions on travel from southern Africa amid concerns about the variant. TheContinue reading “New Covid19 variant named Omicron by WHO”

New variant B.1.1.529 in South Africa raises concern

South Africa will be placed under England’s red list travel restrictions after scientists raised the alarm over what is thought to be the worst Covid-19 variant ever identified. Hundreds of people who have recently returned from South Africa, where the B.1.1.529 variant was detected, are expected to be tracked down and offered tests in an effortContinue reading “New variant B.1.1.529 in South Africa raises concern”

New documents back theory that Covid outbreak started in Wuhan lab

For those of you who have followed me over the last 18 months, I have always believed that the source of covid-19 was the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Here is another shred of possible “evidence” supporting that view. Wuhan scientists were studying viral samples of high-risk bat species living in Laos – the country where the closestContinue reading “New documents back theory that Covid outbreak started in Wuhan lab”

WHO worried about Winter covid surge in Europe

Days after Austria imposed a lockdown on the unvaccinated, it has announced a full national Covid-19 lockdown starting on Monday, which will last a maximum of 20 days. There will also be a legal requirement to get vaccinated from 1 February 2022. Many other European countries are also imposing restrictions as cases rise. Under theContinue reading “WHO worried about Winter covid surge in Europe”

UK bucks Europe Covid trend

While many European countries are seeing steep rises in coronavirus cases and preparing to step up Covid restrictions, the UK has been going in the other direction. Experts say differences in levels of immunity and people’s behaviour are the likely explanations. Covid cases are now taking off in large swathes of Europe, with some countriesContinue reading “UK bucks Europe Covid trend”

Covid-resistant NHS staff could help develop new covid vaccines

Understanding how some people naturally resist Covid infection, despite clearly being exposed to the virus, could lead to better vaccines, say researchers. A team at University College London said some people had a degree of Covid-immunity before the pandemic started. Upgrading vaccines to copy this protection could make the jabs even more effective. Scientists closelyContinue reading “Covid-resistant NHS staff could help develop new covid vaccines”

Visitors arrive in US after 602 day (20-months) ban

Yesterday, the US reopened its borders to double-jabbed visitors, ending the restrictions imposed by former President Donald Trump in March 2020. The travel limitations have affected non-US citizens from over 30 countries, including the UK and EU. Restrictions have been lifted for those who are fully vaccinated, and undergo testing and contact tracing. Under theContinue reading “Visitors arrive in US after 602 day (20-months) ban”

Booster programme rollout well behind schedule

Yesterday, we both had our 3rd covid vaccination booster jabs, over six weeks later than the recommended six month deadline after the 2nd jab. Booster vaccines are seen as the single most important way to control Covid as we head into winter. However, as we know, the rollout of third jabs has been too slow,Continue reading “Booster programme rollout well behind schedule”

Are cases about to plummet without Plan B?

Despite all the talk about the need for the government to introduce Plan B – working from home, mandatory mask wearing and vaccine passports – there is actually a school of thought that we may be on the brink of seeing infection levels plummet. Modelling done for the government suggests cases and deaths could soon start toContinue reading “Are cases about to plummet without Plan B?”

Delta ‘Plus’ Covid variant may be more transmissible – Plan B u-turn ?

A new mutated form of coronavirus that some are calling “Delta Plus” may spread more easily than regular Delta, UK experts now say. The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has moved it up into the “variant under investigation” category, to reflect this possible risk, although there is no evidence yet that it causes worse illness.Scientists are confidentContinue reading “Delta ‘Plus’ Covid variant may be more transmissible – Plan B u-turn ?”