New info shows omicron spread wider earlier than thought

New findings about the coronavirus’s omicron variant made it clear Tuesday that the emerging threat slipped into countries well before their defences were up, as two distant nations announced their first cases and a third reported its presence before South African officials sounded the alarm. The Netherlands’ RIVM health institute found omicron in samples dating […]

Two International Red Cross workers abducted in eastern Congo

One Congolese and one international staff member of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) were abducted in conflict-hit eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday, the humanitarian aid group said. The kidnapping took place at 10:30 a.m. as their two-vehicle convoy travelled from the regional capital Goma to the nearby area of Sake […]

Swiss consider tightening anti-coronavirus restrictions amid rise in cases

Switzerland is considering tighter restrictions to contain the rising number of new Covid-19 cases and the emergence of the Omicron variant, the government said following an emergency meeting on Tuesday. The government will consult with local authorities on whether to make Covid-19 certificates — which provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination, recovery or a negative test […]

Ukraine PM says Russia ‘absolutely’ behind suspected coup attempt

Ukraine Prime Minister Denys Shmygal accused Russia on Tuesday of being “absolutely” behind what he called an attempt to organise a coup to overthrow the pro-Western government in Kyiv, citing intelligence. Last Friday, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said Ukraine had uncovered a plot to topple his government this week, involving individuals from Russia, but he stopped […]

‘Will ask Putin for nuclear weapons if NATO deploys similar systems to Poland’: Lukashenko

Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko said he would ask Russian President Vladimir Putin to give nuclear weapons to Belarus if similar NATO systems are deployed to neighboring Poland. “We are ready for this on the territory of Belarus,” Lukashenko said in an interview with Russia’s RIA news agency published on Tuesday.

US CDC says all adults should get Covid-19 booster shots

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Monday everyone aged 18 years and older should get a booster shot, as it looks to tackle a new and highly infectious strain of the coronavirus that is quickly spreading across the globe. The update comes after President Joe Biden on Monday called for […]

Bill Cosby prosecutors urge Supreme Court to restore conviction

Prosecutors urged the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate Bill Cosby’s sexual assault conviction, complaining in a petition released Monday the verdict was thrown out over a questionable agreement that the comic claimed gave him lifetime immunity. They said the Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision in June to overturn Cosby’s conviction created a dangerous precedent by giving […]

Barbados ditches Britain’s Queen Elizabeth to become a republic

By: Reuters | Bridgetown (barbados) | November 30, 2021 11:34:32 am Barbados ditched Britain’s Queen Elizabeth as head of state, forging a new republic on Tuesday with its first-ever president and severing its last remaining colonial bonds nearly 400 years after the first English ships arrived at the Caribbean island. At the strike of midnight, […]

Singapore quarantines SIA passenger from Johannesburg after two onward travellers test Omicron positive

Singapore has quarantined one traveller as a close contact of two passengers on Singapore Airlines’ (SIA) Johannesburg flight who had tested positive for coronavirus variant Omicron on arrival in Sydney, local media reported on Tuesday. The traveller, along with six others, had disembarked from SIA’s SQ481 which departed from Johannesburg on November 27 and arrived […]

Covid-19 Omicron variant: Response from countries and vaccine makers

Days after the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced the Omicron variant of Covid-19 as a variant of concern, countries across the world have reacted with travel curbs, booster shots and discussions on lockdowns. The new variant of the novel coronavirus has come up as many nations were cautiously opening up their borders to travellers. In […]