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Omicron variant live updates: EU regulator approves 2 new drugs for Covid-19 treatment – Times of India

India’s Omicron tally reaches 87
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Four more persons test positive for Omicron in Hyderabad, taking total number of the variant cases to 7 in Telangana, as per the health department

India’s Omicron tally at 83
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Five more cases of Omicron have been detected in Karnataka today, tweets minister for health & family welfare Dr Sudhakar K
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European Union’s medicines agency backs two Covid treatments

EU regulator okays Covid-19 treatments from GSK-Vir and Sobi
The European Union’s drug regulator on Thursday approved a Covid-19 treatment from British-U.S. duo GSK and Vir Biotechnology and another from Swedish drugmaker Sobi, as the bloc builds its defences against Omicron. The approval by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) of GSK-Vir’s antibody drug sotrovimab and Sobi’s arthritis drug Kineret come as governments struggle with soaring infections and worry about the swiftly-spreading Omicron variant of the coronavirus. GSK-Vir’s sotrovimab, branded Xevudy, was recommended for treating adults and adolescents who did not require oxygen support but were at a higher risk their disease would worsen.
Karnataka reports 303 new cases, 2 deaths and 322 discharges today; Active caseload stands at 7,158

Danish PM warns of further curbs after record new Covid-19 cases
Denmark’s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen on Thursday warned that further measures to curb a third wave of the Covid-19 epidemic might be coming after the Nordic country saw yet another record number of daily infections. Denmark logged 9,999 new infections in the last 24 hours, the highest yet. But death rates and hospital admissions are still far below the levels seen a year ago.
Kerala reports 3,404 new cases, 36 deaths and 4,145 deaths today; Active case tally at 34,171, death tally at 43,946

Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla reviews Covid-19 situation in country amid reports of over 70 positive cases of Omicron variant of virus in different parts of country

France bans most UK travel as Omicron fears mount
France said Thursday that it would ban non-essential travel to and from Britain in a bid to curb the lightning spread of the Omicron Covid-19 variant, which is forecast to become the dominant risk for health authorities worldwide. Countries around the world began urging against foreign travel and also ramping up domestic restrictions to battle Omicron, which scientists believe spreads faster than any other variant even if uncertainty remains over how dangerous it is.
Asked by the panel about the probability of a lab leak as the origin of the pandemic, Chan said a “lab origin is more likely than natural origin at this point”.

Dr Alina Chan, specialising in gene therapy and cell engineering and co-author of ‘Viral: The Search for the Origin of Covid-19′, told the Parliament panel’s evidence session on scientific research that the pandemic was being caused by the unique feature of the coronavirus called “furin cleavage site”, which has been linked to the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

Wuhan lab leak more likely origin of Covid-19, UK Parliament panel told
A Canadian molecular biologist on Wednesday told cross-party members of Parliament (MPs) on the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee that a leak from a laboratory in Wuhan region of China is now the “more likely” origin of the Covid-19 global pandemic.
Odisha reports 173 new cases of COVID-19

Read – No death due to lack of oxygen during Covid-19 second wave: UP government

1 more Omicron case reported in Gujarat
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Fifth case of Omicron variant of Covid-19 recorded in Mehsana district where a 43-year-old woman has tested positive. The woman doesn’t have any travel history as she and her mother-in-law had tested positive for Covid-19. The woman has been kept under observation at GMERS at Vadnagar. Her condition is stable.

No death due to lack of oxygen during Covid-19 second wave: UP govt
The Uttar Pradesh government on Thursday told the legislative council that no death due to lack of oxygen was reported in the state during the second wave of COVID-19, a claim rejected by the opposition.
France to restrict travel from UK due to Omicron surge: Government
France is to tighten up restrictions on travel to and from Britain to slow the spread of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 which is causing record numbers of cases on the other side of the Channel, the government said on Thursday.

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