aljazeera
aol
bbc
channel 4
chronicle
cnbc
cnn
express
fox
foxbusiness
independent
irish times
mashable
metro
mirror
national scot
nbcnews
new scientist
news un
newsy
quartz
rt
sky
the guardian
thenextweb
vice
yahoo
count
sauces
help
I'm confused... What am I doing here?

Choose which sources you wish to remain and you're all set. Use the buttons to turn sources on and off.

What do the different colours mean?

Depending on if any articles/links are visible on the page there are 4 modes to show the state of your chosen sources.

on / visible on page

off / visible on page

on / not visible on page

off / not visible on page

London’s theatreland to dim lights in tribute to late composer Stephen Sondheim - channel 4

London’s theatreland to dim lights in tribute to late composer Stephen Sondheim

Lights will be dimmed in London's theatreland on Monday to honour the composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim who died yesterday, at the age of ninety one. 
channel 4 - 1 hour ago
“I am so worried” says sick London nurse stuck in Africa - channel 4

“I am so worried” says sick London nurse stuck in Africa

The speed with which travel restrictions were brought in for parts of Southern Africa have left some British travellers unable to come back home. 
channel 4 - 1 hour ago
New Omicron Covid variant in UK as two people test positive - channel 4

New Omicron Covid variant in UK as two people test positive

Hours after it emerged that a more transmissible Covid strain had arrived in the UK, the prime minister announced new restrictions to try and slow its spread. 
channel 4 - 1 hour ago
Germany confirms two cases of Omicron - rt

Germany confirms two cases of Omicron

Two cases of the new Omicron coronavirus variant have been detected in Bavaria, Germany. The UK and Italy are among other European nations that have also registered instances of the suspected Covid mutation.
rt - 2 hours ago
Two dead as French military clashes with protesters in Africa - rt

Two dead as French military clashes with protesters in Africa

At least two people were killed and some 16 injured in Niger, when a French military convoy was met by protesters after crossing from Burkina Faso, where the column had been blocked for a whole week.
rt - 3 hours ago
‘Antifa’ rioters attack cops at march against ‘state violence’ (VIDEOS) - rt

‘Antifa’ rioters attack cops at march against ‘state violence’ (VIDEOS)

Black-clad ‘Antifa’ rioters in France attacked police officers with fists, projectiles and metal barriers, at a Paris protest they claimed was “against state violence and the extreme right.”
rt - 4 hours ago
Cops protest legalizing taking footage of police (VIDEO) - rt

Cops protest legalizing taking footage of police (VIDEO)

Thousands of police have descended on central Madrid in response to the government’s plans to make it legal for people to take images of officers on duty, a change that is part of an overhaul of a controversial gag law.
rt - 4 hours ago
Second man arrested for murder after mum vanished two weeks ago - metro

Second man arrested for murder after mum vanished two weeks ago

The mum-of-two's disappearance is 'completely out of character' say her family.
metro - 5 hours ago
Government vows to root out ‘morally corrupting’ sex ed - rt

Government vows to root out ‘morally corrupting’ sex ed

Poland’s education minister has sided with parents seeking to wrestle sex education out of schools, promising that it would now be easier to give “morally corrupting” voluntary programs the boot.
rt - 6 hours ago
New lockdown announced in Europe - rt

New lockdown announced in Europe

The Netherlands has once again tightened its pandemic restrictions, with a new overnight lockdown announced by the government. The state is battling a record-breaking Covid-19 surge, as hospitals face a ‘code black’ scenario.
rt - 7 hours ago
Omicron’s spread across Europe: First confirmed case and dozens more suspected - rt

Omicron’s spread across Europe: First confirmed case and dozens more suspected

The new, heavily mutated strain of Covid 19 is in Europe, with Belgian authorities officially confirming its advent on the continent. Germany and the Czech Republic are looking into suspected cases.
rt - 8 hours ago
61 of 600 people on flights from South Africa to Holland test positive for Covid - metro

61 of 600 people on flights from South Africa to Holland test positive for Covid

It is not yet known if the passengers are carrying the new Omnicron variant.
metro - 8 hours ago
Covid strain as deadly as Ebola may emerge, top physician warns - rt

Covid strain as deadly as Ebola may emerge, top physician warns

Further mutations of the Covid-19 virus could spawn a strain as contagious as the Delta variant and as deadly as the Ebola virus. That's the stark warning from the World Medical Association.
rt - 11 hours ago
Thousands flood streets to decry vaccine mandate (VIDEOS) - rt

Thousands flood streets to decry vaccine mandate (VIDEOS)

A fresh round of rallies against mandatory Covid vaccination has hit Australia, with hundreds of thousands protesting in dozens of cities. Aerial footage captured huge crowds blocking central streets.
rt - 11 hours ago
Top Covid-19 adviser assesses if vaccines will work against Omicron - rt

Top Covid-19 adviser assesses if vaccines will work against Omicron

A top Covid-19 adviser to the South African government is refusing to panic like his foreign colleagues, asserting that the ‘super-mutant’ Omicron strain won’t cause a major spike in cases and vaccines will work against it.
rt - 13 hours ago
‘Omicron’: How fear of new unstoppable Covid variant gripped the world - rt

‘Omicron’: How fear of new unstoppable Covid variant gripped the world

A newly identified, heavily-mutated coronavirus strain dubbed ‘Omicron’ is triggering alarm across much of the globe, prompting a rash of travel restrictions amid fears that existing vaccines will be unable to stop the variant.
rt - 20 hours ago
Amsterdam fears dozens of Covid infections on flights from Omicron hotspots - rt

Amsterdam fears dozens of Covid infections on flights from Omicron hotspots

As growing fears of the Omicron variant triggered a travel ban, 15 of the 110 arrivals from South Africa tested at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport turned up positive for Covid-19. Another 500 from two flights still need to be tested.
rt - 20 hours ago
WHO pressed to explain ‘skipping’ Nu & Xi Covid strains - rt

WHO pressed to explain ‘skipping’ Nu & Xi Covid strains

The World Health Organization (WHO) decision to name the new coronavirus variant of concern ‘Omicron’ has raised some eyebrows, as under its Greek alphabet naming scheme the next ones up should have been ‘Nu’ and then ‘Xi’.
rt - 21 hours ago
‘It’s about a discussion, not a tweet’, says La République En Marche spokesperson - channel 4

‘It’s about a discussion, not a tweet’, says La République En Marche spokesperson

We spoke to Prisca Thevenot, spokesperson for La République En Marche, the party of President Macron.
channel 4 - 1 day ago
Channel deaths: Diplomatic row escalates as France disinvites Priti Patel to crisis meeting - channel 4

Channel deaths: Diplomatic row escalates as France disinvites Priti Patel to crisis meeting

The French government disinvited Home Secretary Priti Patel from a planned meeting aimed at tackling the issue of people smuggling.
channel 4 - 1 day ago
LOAD MORE NEWS
aljazeera
aol
bbc
channel 4
chronicle
cnbc
cnn
express
fox
foxbusiness
independent
irish times
mashable
metro
mirror
national scot
nbcnews
new scientist
news un
newsy
quartz
rt
sky
the guardian
thenextweb
vice
yahoo
count
sauces
help
I'm confused... What am I doing here?

Choose which sources you wish to remain and you're all set. Use the buttons to turn sources on and off.

What do the different colours mean?

Depending on if any articles/links are visible on the page there are 4 modes to show the state of your chosen sources.

on / visible on page

off / visible on page

on / not visible on page

off / not visible on page

rt
Heavily-mutated Covid strain triggers emergency response

Heavily-mutated Covid strain triggers emergency response

rt - 1 day ago

A newly discovered coronavirus strain with a significant number of mutations has prompted the World Health Organization (WHO) to convene a special emergency meeting, set to discuss how to address the evolved variant.

The global health body’s technical head on Covid-19, Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, announced the upcoming meeting on Thursday during a live-streamed Q&A session, saying experts would gather Friday to talk about the new strain, dubbed B.1.1.529, which has now been detected in South Africa, Botswana and Hong Kong.

“Our technical advisory group on virus evolution is discussing this with our colleagues in South Africa,” Van Kerkhove said of the new variant, adding “We’re also meeting again tomorrow.”

We’re calling a special meeting to discuss this, not to cause alarm, but just because we have the system in place, we can bring these scientists together and discuss ‘what does it mean?’

Read more
© Getty Images / Bloomberg Creative
Covid strain worse than Delta found in 3 countries

Not much is currently known about the newly emerging strain, the WHO official continued, noting that fewer than 100 full genomic sequences are available for review. What is known, however, is that the variant has already been observed to have “a large number of mutations,” raising questions and concerns for how that will impact diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccinations. As researchers continue to look into the strain, Van Kerkhove said it could take several weeks before any insight is gained into how to immunize against B.1.1.529.

The WHO’s chief scientist, Soumya Swaminathan, pointed to “a number of worrying mutations in the spike protein” of the South African variant, referring to the biological mechanism that allows the coronavirus to penetrate host cells and cause infection. 

A professor of clinical microbiology at Cambridge University, Ravi Gupta – who had previously warned of the possibility of “super mutant” Covid variants – also said his lab work identified two specific mutations in the new strain that could increase infectivity and reduce antibody recognition. 

Reacting to the WHO’s comments on the new Covid strain, the British government temporarily suspended flights to six African nations, with Sajid Javid, secretary of state for health and social care, calling the move a precautionary measure. Israel, too, said it would bar travelers from South Africa and other countries on the continent.

Tulio de Oliveira, director of the Centre for Epidemic Response and Innovation in South Africa, told the Financial Times that up to 90% of new infections in the country’s Gauteng region – which encompasses Johannesburg, a major city – involved the new variant. He said he recently expressed concerns to the WHO ahead of its emergency meeting, and that “the key question to be answered is what exactly is the effect on the vaccines.”

READ MORE: Time to consider mandatory jabs in Europe, WHO official says

However, despite the concerns, Van Kerkhove voiced some optimism during Thursday’s question and answer session, saying the fact the variant was detected is itself a good sign, as “it means we have a system in place” to quickly identify and tackle new, potentially dangerous strains. 

Like this story? Share it with a friend!

sauce: rt
CLOSE