Preprint: Enhanced Fusogenicity of BA.4, BA.5 and BA.2.12.1

“We found that the new Omicron subvariants BA.4/5 and BA.2.12.1 were more resistant to neutralization by mRNA-vaccinated and boosted health care worker sera and Omicron-BA.1-wave patient sera than were the BA.1 and BA.2 variants.”...More...

Australia: possible Queensland Deltacron cluster identified *1 UPDATE*

We’ve seen several sequences collected early this year in Queensland, Australia being called Omicron unassigned by Pangolin and show similar patterns: ORF1ab mutations are more like from Delta with high alternate freq....More...

AY.4 Delta sub-lineage now predominant in UK and Australia, rising in the US

A post on the AY.4 sub-lineage of the Delta Sars-Cov-2 variant. Also known as B.1.617.2.4, this sub-lineage hasn’t received a lot of press attention yet, but it seems to have become the biggest sub-lineage of Delta across the globe so far. ...More...

Australia: Sydney is “on fire” with coronavirus

“Sydney is on fire with this virus and we need a ring of steel around Sydney.”
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has called for more to be done after New South Wales Chief health officer Kerry Chant described the situation in NSW as ‘a national emergency’....More...

New Zealand: Wellington under level 2 #coronavirus lockdown following Sydney Delta traveller alert

The Wellington region of New Zealand has been in coronavirus alert level 2 since last week after a man from Sydney travelled round the capital while he had the Delta variant of the virus....More...

Australia: study shows that coronavirus was very well adapted to infect humans – cats, dogs and cows also susceptible

Australian scientists have described how they used high-performance computer modelling of the form of the SARS-CoV-2 virus at the beginning of the pandemic to predict its ability to infect humans and a range of 12 domestic and exotic animals....More...

Australia: Sydney goes into #coronavirus lockdown with 80 cases

Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, the Central Coast and Wollongong will go into a 14-day lockdown as health authorities try to regain control of a coronavirus outbreak that has ballooned to 80 cases....More...

Australia: another “fleeting contact” #coronavirus infection case in Sydney

The New South Wales premier says there has been one new covid case, that has come about as a result of “fleeting contact” in a shopping centre, and there are new restrictions for the state....More...