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...

USA: SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant spillover from human to horse

“A report on a possible direct exposure to SARS-CoV-2 from a COVID-19-positive individual to an adult horse.”

The individual, diagnosed with COVID-19 (Delta B.1.617.2), had daily contact to her two horses prior to and during the development of clinical disease....More...

UK: Half a million people have sought Long Covid advice

Asthma and Lung UK said that over the last six months about half a million had visited its long COVID advice pages or called its helpline – and some sufferers are considering buying their own oxygen supplies....More...

UK: 1,880 cases of XE Covid recombinant sequenced

The UKHSA have released a new technical briefing outlining the SARS-CoV-2 variants circulating in Britain. The latest case count for the XE recombinant is 1,880 cases in the UK, with 1,569 of those cases in England....More...

North Korea: Total lockdown announced as Omicron BA.2 identified in Pyongyang

North Korea has announced its first ever Covid-19 cases. The Omicron variant has been identified.

According to the North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), samples collected from fever-ridden patients on Sunday in Pyongyang were identical to omicron....More...