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Fauci says early reports encouraging about omicron variant

Dec. 05, 2021 15:07 PM EST

U.S. health officials said Sunday that while the omicron variant of the coronavirus is rapidly spreading throughout the country, early indications suggest it may be less dangerous than delta, which continues to drive a surge of hospitalizations. President Joe Biden's...

Greeted by virus, Mankato man won't alter South African trip

Dec. 04, 2021 01:08 AM EST

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Local professor Scott Fee made sure he knew the coronavirus situation in South Africa from a friend on the ground before his Nov. 16 arrival. But his friend couldn’t have known one crucial bit of information. In mid-November...

Colorado detects second COVID-19 case of omicron variant

Dec. 03, 2021 17:15 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Colorado has detected the state's second COVID-19 case of the omicron variant just a day after the state's first confirmed case, officials said Friday. The Boulder County health department said the latest omicron case was discovered after a local...

Omicron-stricken South Africa may be glimpse into the future

Dec. 03, 2021 15:50 PM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Dr. Sikhulile Moyo was analyzing COVID-19 samples in his lab in Botswana last week when he noticed they looked startlingly different from others. Within days, the world was ablaze with the news that the coronavirus had a new variant of concern —...

The AP Interview: Scientist says omicron was a group find

Dec. 03, 2021 15:24 PM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The Botswana scientist who may well have discovered the omicron variant of the coronavirus says he has been on a “rollercoaster of emotions,” with the pride of accomplishment followed by dismay over the travel bans immediately slapped on southern African countries. ...

Russia registers record for virus-linked deaths in October

Dec. 03, 2021 14:21 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s state statistics agency says that 74,893 people with COVID-19 died in October — the highest monthly tally in the pandemic that comes as the country grappling with a major surge of coronavirus infections and deaths. A report by Rosstat on...

Study suggests past COVID infection may not fend off omicron

Dec. 03, 2021 13:56 PM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — South African scientists are warning that reinfections among people who’ve already battled COVID-19 appear to be more likely with the new omicron variant than with earlier coronavirus mutants. A research group has been tracking...

Israel confirms 7 cases of omicron, 27 others suspected

Dec. 03, 2021 13:28 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s Health Ministry said Friday it has confirmed seven cases of the new omicron variant of the coronavirus, stoking fears of a pending surge in infections. Four of the confirmed cases are unvaccinated individuals who had recently returned from South Africa. ...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Dec. 03, 2021 11:06 AM EST

Kyle Rittenhouse did not sue LeBron James for defamation CLAIM: Federal magistrate approved Kyle Rittenhouse’s $110 Million defamation suit against LeBron James. THE FACTS: No such ruling was made. Rittenhouse has not filed a defamation suit against...

Sri Lanka reports 1st omicron case in returnee from Nigeria

Dec. 03, 2021 10:34 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka announced Friday it has confirmed its first case of the omicron variant of the coronavirus in an unvaccinated person who returned from Nigeria. Health ministry spokesperson Dr. Hemantha Herath said the 25-year-old Sri Lankan woman...