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Omicron 91% less likely to cause death in infected patients: CDC

Washington | The Omicron variant is significantly less severe than other strains of Covid-19, according to a report from the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). According to the agency, the risk of hospitalisation from Omicron was half compared to the risk from the Delta variant, Daily Mail reported. Among people hospitalised, they were […]

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57-year-old US man gets pig heart in world-first transplant

New York | In a rare medical feat, the US doctors have successfully transplanted a genetically-modified pig heart to a 57-year-old patient with terminal heart disease. The patient, David Bennett, a Maryland resident, who had been hospitalised and bedridden for the past few months, is doing well three days after a first-of-its-kind surgery, said doctors at […]

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Cyprus detects new Covid variant – ‘Deltacron’

New Delhi | Cyprus has detected a new variant dubbed as “Deltacron”, that has a similar genetic background to the Delta variant, coupled with 10 mutations from Omicron. The variant has already affected 25 people in Cyprus. According to Dr Leondios Kostrikis, the head of the laboratory of biotechnology and molecular virology at the University of […]

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Omicron 105% more transmissible than Delta: Study

Paris | The Omicron Covid-19 variant may be 105 per cent more transmissible than Delta, according to a research by French scientists. The study, published on the medRxiv site and yet to be peer-reviewed, analysed 131,478 tests in France from October 25 to December 18, 2021. The team applied statistical models to variant-specific screening tests and […]

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Omicron not mild, hospitalising and killing people: WHO chief

Geneva | While Omicron does appear to be less severe compared to Delta, especially in those vaccinated, it does not mean it should be categorised as ‘mild’ as just like previous variants, Omicron is hospitalising people and it is killing people, WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Thursday. In fact, the tsunami of cases […]