USA: ABC reporter tests positive for Covid-19 after White House Correspondents’ Dinner *1 UPDATE*

In the least surprising news of 2022, ABC News’ Chief Washington Correspondent Jonathan Karl has tested positive for Covid-19 days after sitting next to Kim Kardashian at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner and interacting with President Joe Biden....More...

UK: Admission and Care of Residents during COVID-19 Incident in a Care Home

Public Health England, April 2020: “Some of these patients may have COVID-19, whether symptomatic or asymptomatic. All of these patients can be safely cared for in a care home if this guidance is followed.”...More...

Up to one hundred times more super-spreaders with Omicron

“A much larger proportion of individuals infected with the new variants are high, very high or super-emitters of airborne viruses: for the original wild type, one in 1,000 infected was a super-emitter; for Delta one in 30; and for Omicron one in 20 or one in 10, depending on the viral load estimate used....More...

Animal vaccines made with self-spreading viruses

Self-spreading virus vaccines for animals are being researched in Europe and the US.

“In Spain scientists are currently vaccinating pigs with self-spreading viruses (that have not been modified in a laboratory) against African swine fever as part of contained experiments....More...

Spillover of SARS-CoV-2 across Europe from the war in Ukraine

This is a new post that will be tracking the possible spillover of SARS-CoV-2 from the war zone in Ukraine and into neighbouring countries....More...

Preprint: Omicron BA.1 infection in mink leads to symptomatic disease with lung pathology and transmission

Experimental infection of American mink with SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant BA.1 show that minks remain virus RNA positive for days, develop clinical signs and histopathological changes, and transmit the virus to uninfected recipient....More...

Israel: Vaccine passports cancelled for all cases except large gatherings

The Israeli Coronavirus Cabinet on Tuesday afternoon terminated the ‘Green Pass’ system, Israel’s COVID passport equivalent, for all cases except ‘high-risk’ events such as large weddings and gatherings....More...

Hong Kong: Transmission of Sars-CoV-2 Delta strain from hamsters to humans and onward human propagation of the adapted strain

Two separate transmission events from Syrian hamsters to humans are documented, one leading to onward household spread.

Over 50% of individually tested Syrian hamsters in the pet shop (8/16) and warehouse (7/12) were positive for SARS-CoV-2 infection in RT-PCR or serological tests....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...

Boris Johnson: We can ‘ride out’ the Omicron wave with no more curbs

London, 1940. The city is being heavily bombed in the Blitz. Hundreds of civilians are dying daily. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has taken to the airwaves to reassure the public, and to urge them to go outside and enjoy the bombing....More...