Hong Kong: Omicron BA.2 with S:I1221T mutation designated BA.2.2

The dominant BA.2 lineage in Hong Kong with the spike mutation at I1221T has been designated BA.2.2.

The BA.2 lineage has been split at a point that makes it easier to separate the Hong Kong variant from a BA.2 variant circulating in the UK that has a similar mutation....More...

Hong Kong: Link between Covid cases and deaths re-established *4 UPDATES*

Hong Kong may impose a hard lockdown that confines people to their homes, authorities signalled Monday 28th February 2022, with the city’s zero-COVID strategy in tatters and bodies piling up in hospitals....More...

South Korea: 50% vaccine breakthrough for new Covid-19 cases

About half of new COVID-19 cases in the South Korea over the past two weeks were breakthrough infections.

South Korea said Friday the number of COVID-19 patients in critical condition hit a record high as the daily caseload stayed above 2,300 for the third consecutive day amid eased antivirus curbs.

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South Korea: Nearly half of recent Covid cases in Seoul are vaccine breakthrough infections

“Of the 646 new cases confirmed in Seoul on Sunday, 49.4 percent, or 319 cases, were breakthrough cases,” Park Yoo-mi, a disease control official at the Seoul metropolitan government, said in a briefing....More...

South Korea: 779 vaccine breakthroughs by vaccine

Janssen’s Covid-19 vaccine recipients reported the largest number of Covid-19 breakthrough infections among the fully vaccinated in South Korea, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said in a regular briefing on Tuesday....More...

Joint Statement on the WHO-Convened COVID-19 Origins Study signed by 14 countries

The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America, Australia, Canada, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Israel, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, the Republic of Korea, Slovenia, and the United Kingdom.

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South Korea investigating six deaths reported after #coronavirus vaccination

5th March 2021: South Korean health authorities are looking into six cases of deaths reported after vaccinations, adding that a potential causal relationship between the vaccinations and the deaths will be investigated....More...