Hong Kong: Nine day lockdown expected

South China Morning Post are reporting that a nine-day Covid-19 lockdown of Hong Kong is expected, and that “each resident will be required to undergo three tests during the mass testing,” the source said....More...

New Zealand: Isolation period for Covid cases extended to 14 days

New Zealand has extended its isolation period for Covid cases from ten days to 14 days. The extension is in response to the increased infectiousness of the Omicron variant....More...

Is Omicron another Plague Island export?

Is Omicron another Plague Island export?  Both the Alpha and Delta variants were exported across the globe from the UK because of its laissez-faire attitude to border controls....More...

UK: All travellers will require a PCR test and quarantine until negative to prevent spread of Omicron

At a press conference today, 10 Downing Street announced new measures to combat the potential spread of the Omicron variant in the UK....More...

Netherlands: “Dozens” infected with Covid on flights from South Africa

Dutch health authorities said that dozens of people who arrived in Amsterdam on two flights from South Africa on Friday are likely infected with COVID-19, and they are conducting further testing to see if people are infected with the recently discovered Omicron coronavirus variant....More...

B.1.1.529 Omicron: Valve-style face mask may have caused cross-infection between vaccinated, quarantined patients

A Covid-19 patient whose valve-style face mask was blamed for a cross infection in a quarantine hotel last week has been found to be carrying a new variant of the virus with a high number of mutations, marking the first known appearance of the strain in Hong Kong....More...

Vaccinated are more likely to be infected with Covid-19

“We must recognise that unvaccinated people are unlikely to cause any more risk to others than the vaccinated, and perhaps less.”...More...