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COVID 19 VARIANTS

Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Jan 17, 2022
Omicron penetrates China’s political, financial and tech hubs
China has detected locally-transmitted omicron infections in the capital Beijing, the financial center Shanghai, and Guangdong, which together account for one-fifth of the country's GDP.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Issues / THE FOREIGN ELEMENT
Jan 17, 2022
What you need to know about the omicron surge in Japan
The number of new COVID-19 cases is rising and while you're not as likely to be hospitalized, it doesn't hurt to be prepared.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 17, 2022
Kishida-Biden meeting to go virtual as omicron wreaks havoc
Kishida's push to promote 'summit diplomacy' takes a hit as COVID-19 caseloads grow in both countries.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jan 16, 2022
Investors search for safe havens as omicron takes hold in Asia
The threat of the omicron variant is becoming real for many of Asia’s biggest countries just as it looks set to subside in some Western nations, and that’s complicating investors’ search for winning share bets in the region.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Jan 15, 2022
Biden forms new group to plan for future COVID variants
The Pandemic Innovation Task Force is intended to help prepare the U.S. in case new versions of the virus surface, and for future biological threats beyond COVID-19.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jan 14, 2022
Omicron less severe even for the unvaccinated, study says
The South African study, which is yet to be peer reviewed, offer data that suggests 'intrinsically reduced virulence of omicron.”
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 14, 2022
Japan shortens interval for COVID booster by a month amid omicron's spread
The gap for people under 65 has now been shifted to seven months, and the government has also cut the isolation time for close contacts to 10 days.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Jan 14, 2022
China outbreak reaches six provinces as omicron takes hold
China is the only major country in the world still pursuing an aggressive 'COVID zero' approach, but the country's stringent tactics don't seem to be working.
Japan Times
PODCAST / deep dive
Jan 13, 2022
A surge in omicron across Japan
COVID-19 cases have recently surged across the nation, led by an uptick in omicron infections in Okinawa, Tokyo and Osaka. Bloomberg's Gearoid Reidy talks about what the rapid spread of omicron means for Japan.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jan 13, 2022
Why you should still try to avoid catching omicron
Despite omicron's reputation as a milder version of the coronavirus, it's not time to be complacent about the fast-spreading variant.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Jan 12, 2022
BOJ lifts economic assessments on all nine regions despite omicron spread
While Japan's economy remains in a 'severe' situation, the nine areas reported that economic conditions had been 'picking up' or had shown 'signs of a pickup.'
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jan 12, 2022
Global supply chains brace for impact as omicron reaches China
Beijing's u2018COVID zero' strategy meant factories stayed open, but if tougher restrictions are needed there will be knock-on effects at Chinese ports and factories.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jan 11, 2022
Omicron may infect half of Europeans within weeks, WHO says
The fast-spreading variant represents a 'west-to-east tidal wave sweeping across the region,” said Hans Kluge, the regional director of the WHO for Europe.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Jan 11, 2022
Singapore breaks down COVID-19 deaths by vaccine, with Moderna seeing lowest rate
While there were some caveats, the findings will likely add to concerns around the efficacy of Sinovac's and Sinopharm Group's shots, which have been widely used in the developing world.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Jan 11, 2022
Pfizer starts making vaccine that targets both omicron and the original COVID virus
While research continues, Pfizer will evaluate the new hybrid shot against one specific to omicron and determine which should move forward by March, the firm's CEO has said.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jan 11, 2022
Omicron pushes Hong Kong’s import supply chain to brink of collapse
A slashing of flights that bring everything from Australian cherries to wagyu beef into the financial hub is set to raise costs and boost inflation
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health / ANALYSIS
Jan 10, 2022
Pandemic fatigue makes the case for boosters a harder sell
Disease experts say that rapidly shifting public health messaging in the face of a quickly mutating virus has bred confusion and mistrust over the benefit of boosters.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Jan 10, 2022
Omicron takes off in China as variant moves closer to Beijing
Previously isolated outbreaks are bleeding into one another, preventing the country from reverting to the 'COVID zero” status it maintained for much of the pandemic.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Jan 9, 2022
China reports nation’s first community spread of omicron
The discovery ignited a mass testing blitz in the city of Tianjin as the country strives to maintain its zero-tolerance approach to COVID-19 in the face of more transmissible variants.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jan 9, 2022
Will ‘forever boosting’ beat the coronavirus?
Everyone should get a booster shot. In the long run, though, doses every few months aren't a viable public health strategy, scientists say.

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