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    OMICRON could drive Covid cases up to 90,000 per day by Christmas, experts predict - higher than ever seen before in the UK.  Infections of the super mutant strain are currently doubling around every three days, possibly less. 2A packed West End in Oxford Street London as the omicron variant gathers pace in the UKCredit: LNP 2Prof Christina Pagel modelled how Delta and Omicron cases could reach 90,000 a day combined by Christmas Day, before the Omicron becomes more dominant Following this trajectory, the strain could become dominant within around a month, overthrowing Delta. But while the two compete, experts say it is “realistic” to assume both will cause tens of thousands of infections in the next three weeks. Christina Pagel, professor of operational research at University College London and a member of the Independent SAGE group of scientists, said she expects around “40,000 cases of Omicron per day” by Christmas Day. That’s based on a growth rate of 25 per cent per day, as seen in the hardest hit province of South Africa, Gauteng.  Added on to a similar...
    CASES of Omicron are likely to be five times higher than those 246 confirmed, an expert has said. Professor Paul Hunter said the super mutant Covid strain would “probably be dominant” in around a month, overtaking Delta.
    HOSPITAL wards in South Africa are filling up with sick kids that have Covid as the "super mutant" Omicron strain continues to sweep through the country. A South African doctor has said more kids are being hospitalised with severe Covid symptoms ever since the Omicrom variant took hold in the country. 3South Africa has registered an uptick of young kids being admitted to hospital with Covid Dr Rudo Mathivha, head of ICU at Chris Hani Barahwanath hospital, has said the shift in demographics means hospitals are again rapidly filling up with patients. She said her hospital is reportedly admitting around 5 to 10 kids at a time. Dr Mathivha told how a 15-year-old died after rapidly deteriorating following contracting the virus, and that a 17-year-old has been placed in ICU on a ventilator with Covid-related pneumonia. It's not immediately clear if they both had the Omicron variant. Speaking with the South African Broadcasting Corporation, the worried doctor said: "The situation is pretty concerning. This is not something that we had observed with the first, second and third wave. "In the...
    WHO has revealed that no one has died from the Omicron "super mutant" Covid strain amid growing fears of a Christmas lockdown. It comes as cases of the new strain have been recorded in a total of 38 countries with the US and Australia becoming the latest countries to report cases of the variant. 3The Omicron variant has not killed anyone WHO has revealed 3 The WHO has warned it could take weeks to determine how infectious the variant is, whether it causes more severe illness and how effective treatments and vaccines are against it. “We’re going to get the answers that everybody out there needs,” the WHO emergencies director, Michael Ryan, said. The WHO said on Friday it had still not seen any reports of deaths related to Omicron, but the new variant’s spread has led to warnings that it could cause more than half of Europe’s Covid cases in the next few months. The new variant could also slow global economic recovery, just as the Delta strain did, the International Monetary Fund chief, Kristalina Georgieva, said on Friday....
    OMICRON cases have more than trebled overnight with 92 new infections detected in the last 24-hours. The spike takes the national total to 134 – up from 42 reported on Thursday. 1Omicron cases have more than trebled overnight with 92 infections detected in the last 24 hoursCredit: PA It includes the first case of the super-mutated Covid variant reported in Wales, as well as 104 in England and 29 in Scotland. Experts say the majority are linked to international travel, alongside some community transmission. Despite rising Omicron infections, the new variant still only makes up a tiny fraction of overall cases. There were another 50,584 confirmed yesterday, up by just one per cent compared to the same day last week. Deaths fell by 11 per cent to 143 and the number of virus patients in hospitals was down to 7,373. Figures from the Office for National Statistics suggested around 900,000 people across England had the bug last week, an increase from the week before. Most read in Health NewsALLERGY CLAIM Having asthma, hay fever or eczema REDUCES Omicron covid risk...
    THOUSANDS of new cases in South Africa every day are thought to be driven by the new super-Covid variant. The nation’s infections have rocketed in a matter of days amid the detection of the new strain, sparking global concern. 1Top Covid tracker Dr Tulio de Oliveira, director at the Centre for Epidemic Response and Innovation (where scientists are pictured working) claimed the new variant had already become dominant in South Africa in the space of two weeksCredit: Avalon.red South Africa had been in a period of relatively low Covid cases. But on Thursday, some 2,465 people were diagnosed, almost double the 1,275 on Wednesday and up from 794 just seven days before. It means infections have almost quadrupled in the space of a week and are almost 10-fold higher than a month ago. It is not clear how many of these cases would be caused by the so-called B.1.1.529, with less than 100 identified and confirmed so far through genetic sequencing. Scientists in South Africa are working to determine what percentage of the new cases have been caused by the...
    The travel industry was today wracked with despair at the new uncertainty caused by the super-mutant Botswana variant, with the mayor of tourism-dependent Cape Town slamming the 'rushed' announcement to the world.  Health chiefs in the country hastily called a news conference on Thursday to announce the new B.1.1.529 variant was driving soaring infections - accounting for around 90 percent of all cases in just a matter of weeks.  It has caused a staggering rise in infections, with the 7-day average for daily cases standing at 1,000 on Thursday - a 262 per cent increase on the week before. Just hours after it was announced, Britain barred all flights from South Africa, and a slew of countries have followed suit, including France, Germany, Italy, Israel and Singapore.  Cape Town Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis slammed South Africa's Covid experts for making the announcement, saying that the country's tourism industry had been dealt a 'crushing blow.'  The news comes at a crucial juncture for travel firms around the world as people look ahead to the Christmas holidays - and fears over the new variant have...
    Thousands of people are landing in the United States from South Africa every week, despite a new COVID-19 variant sparking such concern that Britain and Israel on Thursday effectively halted travel from the region. The variant is predominately found in Botswana - from where there are no direct flights to the U.S. - and also in neighboring South Africa. United Airlines currently fly direct from Johannesburg to New York City seven days a week, with the 16-hour flight leaving at 10pm and arriving at 7am in Newark. United also fly direct to New York City from Cape Town three times a week, on Monday, Thursday and Saturday. United flies Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, which can hold 290 people. Delta fly direct from Johannesburg to Atlanta on Saturday, Monday, and Thursday. They use Airbus A350-900, which can seat between 300 and 350 people. On Thursday Britain's health secretary, Sajid Javid sounded the alarm over what he termed the 'worst-ever' super-mutant COVID variant. A baby cries as her mother receives her Pfizer vaccine against COVID-19, in Diepsloot Township near Johannesburg, South Africa on...
    EUROPE faces a new wave of Covid infections as the WHO warns Euro 2020 fans could be super-spreaders of a new "Delta-plus" strain. Top health officials in Russia warn spectators could be helping to spread the new variant after many tested positive on return from matches. 6Health officials claim spectators could be helping to spread a 'Delta-plus' variantCredit: AFP 6Host cities London and St Petersburg clocked an uptick in cases following matchesCredit: Getty Images - Getty 6Social distancing rules have been largely ignoredCredit: Getty Covid-19 infections in Europe increased 10 per cent in one week, the World Health Organization says. Russia witnessed its deadliest 72 hours in weeks, registering 672 deaths and 23,453 new cases on Thursday alone. Euro 2020 host city St Petersburg recorded 115 deaths just hours before Spain and Switzerland were set to kick-off their group stage match at Gazprom Arena. Although authorities are pointing to a slow vaccine rollout, new variants and increased social mixing as reasons for the latest spike, many see the Euros as the match that lit the tinderbox. Germany's Interior Minister Horst...
    “SUPER mutant” versions of the coronavirus will emerge in the future and we are “only at the beginning”, an expert has warned. There are already a series of new Covid variants that have evolved to be fast-spreading and able to escape immunity. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest updates 4Surge testing is currently used to try and keep a handle on new variants. Pictured: A unit at the Civic Centre in Uxbridge, Hillingdon, west London, May 25Credit: AFP But moving forward, Prof Ravi Gupta, professor of clinical microbiology at the University of Cambridge, said the virus is going to do “weird” things. The virus would try to become more efficient at infecting people the population builds immunity. And ther will always be people at risk of death, even with jabs, Prof Gupta warned. Coronavirus is unpredictable and we should not be overconfident at any stage, said the member of the government scientific advisory group Nervtag.  “The virus is going to do some weird things,” Prof Rupta told a press briefing. “I mean, this is just the beginning....
    THE Indian Covid variant could lead to tougher restrictions across the UK, the scientist behind Britain’s lockdown has warned. Professor Neil Ferguson, dubbed Professor Lockdown, said the mutant strain could prevent the government’s roadmap from going ahead as planned if it is more transmissible than previous variants. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest updates 4Professor Neil Ferguson, pictured, has warned the Indian Covid variant could lead to tougher restrictions across the UKCredit: PA 4He warned it would be a "concern" if cases double every 10-14 daysCredit: AFP He added that it could be another “two to three weeks” before it is clear whether the final step in lifting the lockdown can safely go ahead on June 21. Prof Ferguson also said if the Indian strain is only 20-30% more transmissible it would cause a smaller third wave of infections than experts had feared. It comes as another expert warned that coronavirus is going to do “weird” things going forward, and “super mutant viruses” may emerge. Prof Ferguson said: "It's not how high cases rise, but how quickly. MUTANT...
    A SON dumped his sick mother by the side of the road and left her to die because he feared catching coronavirus, according to reports in India. Another man strapped his dead father to a car roof to drive to a crematorium amid chaos across the country. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest updates 19A Covid patient in her 60s was allegedly dumped at the roadside by her son 19 Hospitals across India have been overwhelmed by a "tsunami" of mutant super-strain infections. Oxygen supplies and beds have run out at many hospitals, leaving gasping patients dying at home or on the streets. In Kanpur, in Uttar Pradesh, police have opened an investigation file into reports of the son who abandoned his Covid-positive mother. Video shows her lying under a blanket on the roadside, moving slightly. The man, who was identified as Vishal, dumped her outside his sister’s home in the the Chakeri district before fleeing, according to reports. Locals came to her aid and called an ambulance which took her to hospital. Madan said he saw the sick woman...
    Since the novel coronavirus was first discovered in Wuhan, China, in 2019, several variants have emerged from across the world. Most of the attention has been focused on highly contagious variants first identified in the UK, South Africa, and Brazil, all of which have since quickly spread. But a new homegrown variant, known as B.1.427/B.1.429, which cropped up in California, has emerged as a variant of concern.  New studies have suggested it has a viral load twice as high as originally circulating strains of the virus, that it spreads as easily as other variants and could be up to 11 times deadlier. DailyMail.com has broken down how the new variant compares to other well-known mutations and how lethal it may be. Researchers has been worried about the U.K variant, known as B.1.1.7, with 204 in California (above) but now fear a potential 'nightmare scenario' of two strains meeting in one person, exchanging mutations and turning into an even deadlier coronavirus variant CALIFORNIA VARIANT -  B.1.427/B.1.429   The variant was first identified in May 2020 and was virtually nonexistent until October.  In...
    A FATHER of two young girls has tragically died in Alabama from the British COVID-19 strain as the variant rapidly spreads across the US. Alfonzia Jackson Jr., 35, of Jefferson County, was diagnosed with the highly contagious B.1.1.7 variant earlier last week while fighting for his life at the state's UAB. 8Alfonzia Jackson Jr., husband to Ashley and father to two daughters died on Tuesday night.Credit: Facebook 8Jackson had the UK COVID-19 variant.Credit: Facebook 8 On Tuesday night, his wife, Ashley Jackson, announced on Facebook that Alfonzia had died. "Lord this day has been hard," Ashley posted around 9pm. "I wouldn't wish this on anyone as I said good bye to my amazing husband. "Our girls are going to truly miss you, you were an amazing dad and I will keep your memory alive through them and they will always remember you. "You are now our guardian Angel and you are at peace, rest on my amazing husband until we meet again." 8Jackson was on a ventilator in the days leading to his death.Credit: Facebook 8Ashley Jackson announced Alfonzia's death...
    THE "Super-Covid" mutant strain from the United Kingdom has spread to 26 states – but the South African variant has not been detected in the United States yet, according to the CDC. Dr Rochelle Walensky, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's new director, revealed the data during the Biden administration's first Covid-19 briefing on Wednesday. 6The 'Super-Covid' mutant strain from the UK has spread to 26 statesCredit: Getty Images - Getty 6People line up for their Covid-19 vaccine appointment in Los Angeles, CaliforniaCredit: Getty Images - Getty 6Credit: Google Speaking at the virtual meeting, Dr Walensky said: "Viruses mutate, and we have always expected that variants would emerge, and we have been looking for them." She added: "The variants that have been identified recently seem to spread more easily. "They're more transmissible, which can lead to increased number of cases, and increased stress on our already overtaxed system." The CDC director said at least 307 people have tested positive for the highly contagious UK Covid variant - which was discovered in 26 states. However, the deadly South African mutant...
    MORE coronavirus 'super variants' could be on the way as infection rates continue to rise globally. There have been over three million cases of Covid-19 in the UK to date and globally that toll sits at nearly 94 million. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 6A new strain of the virus in the UK has spread across the county Credit: AFP or licensors Globally around 230,000 people a day are being infected and experts have now warned that new variants of the virus could continue to emerge after three more were discovered in the US. Dr Trevor Bedford, who is a scientist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center in the US explained that the virus is mutating as it is "getting better at getting into human cells". Referencing the three new strains in the UK, South Africa and Brazil he said: "My (highly speculative!) hypothesis is that the emergence of these variant viruses arises in cases of chronic infection during which the immune system places great pressure on the virus to escape immunity...
    The mutant strain of coronavirus is 70 per cent more contagious than the original because it replicates faster in the throat, scientists believe. A Public Health England and Birmingham University study found that swabs taken from the nose and throat of Covid-19 patients with the latest strain, known as B117, had 'high viral loads' compared samples taken from patients suffering the original strain. Higher levels of Covid were detected in the material collected on swabs from patients with the B117 variant, suggesting a more severe case of the virus, and evidence for why the virus is being more easily transmitted. Michael Kidd, who lead the study, told The Mirror that the findings could help explain how the variant multiplies in each person it infects, but said it was 'hard to determine' why the virus was spreading as quickly as it is. Higher levels of Covid were detected in the material collected on swabs from patients with the B117 variant. A health worker takes a nasal swab in Radovljica, Slovenia, January 5 2021 RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next ...
    Dr Deborah Birx warned that the United States could have its own home-grown mutant strain of COVID-19, in the same way that Britain does, because the virus is spreading so fast. Birx, who announced before Christmas that she would retire when Joe Biden takes office, after being left red-faced for ignoring COVID guidelines during the holidays, made the analysis during a recent meeting of the White House coronavirus taskforce. She presented a series of graphs and charts, officials have said, which showed a serious spike in cases. Birx speculated that this could be because a new, more infectious variant of the virus is circulating - in the same way that Britain has been shaken by the new B.1.1.7 strain.  Dr Deborah Birx speculated that a new, home-grown variant of COVID-19 could be circulating Birx, pictured in March, circulated new charts at a recent taskforce meeting to make her point Her concerns made it on to the weekly report sent to state governors, which was leaked on Friday.  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Americans...
    THE CORONAVIRUS vaccine offering from Pfizer/BioNTech will protect against the two new mutant variants of the virus spreading across the UK, research has revealed. Experts carried out lab tests on the strains and found that the vaccine had levels of antibodies that worked against the variants. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 3Experts have revealed that the Pfizer/BioNTech jab will work against the new variants Credit: Getty Images - Getty The variants have caused the virus to spread rapidly across the UK, resulting in a third national lockdown that officials claim will last until mid-February. The variant, which emerged in Kent in September, is understood to be up to 74 per cent more infectious than the strain that was dominant last year. The variant is called B.1.1.7 and is a version of the virus with 23 mutations, eight of which are in the spike protein the virus uses to bind to and in turn enter human cells. The second variant was discovered in South Africa and is called 501.V2 - experts previously warned...
    Georgia on Tuesday announced its first case of the 'mutant' COVID-19 strain.  The virus is said to have been found in an 18-year-old boy with no travel history. Georgia joins New York, California, Colorado and Florida in all reporting cases.  The new variant is between 50% and 70% more transmissible, scientists say.  Georgians cast high-stakes final votes Tuesday in elections to determine the balance of power in the new Congress, deciding Senate runoff elections sure to shape President-elect Joe Biden’s ability to enact what could be the most progressive governing agenda in generations.  The first US case of the strand was reported in a remote nursing home in Colorado last week. It has since also been discovered elsewhere in the state, as well as in Florida and California, with at least 11 people now infected.  The 'mutant' variant of the virus that began ravaging across the UK towards the end of last year, causing cases to surge and forcing Prime Minister Boris Johnson to announce a third nationwide lockdown Monday.  The first US case of the strand was reported...
    THE highly-contagious strain of Covid, originally detected in the UK, will make up the "majority" of cases in the US by March, according to the former head of the FDA. At least three states in the US - Colorado, California and Florida - have already recorded cases of the new strain. 5Former FDA Commissioner Dr Scott Gottlieb spoke about the new Covid-19 strainCredit: Getty Images - Getty 5Hospital staff in Texas care for a Covid patient on Christmas EveCredit: Getty Images - Getty Former FDA Commissioner Dr Scott Gottlieb, who is also on the board at Pfizer, discussed the new strain of the virus and the lag in getting the recently-approved vaccinations rolled out in the US during an appearance on CBS' Face the Nation. "Right now, there's some estimates that the new variant probably represents about one percent of all infections in the country," Gottlieb said. "By March, it's going to be the majority of new infections. It's going to grow quickly." Gottlieb said that the approved vaccines are not being rolled out quickly enough to "create a backstop"...
    FLORIDA has become the third state to get Super-Covid as a man in 20s with no travel history was diagnosed with the mutant strain from the United Kingdom. The Florida Department of Health announced the news to Twitter on New Years Eve. 2The confirmed spread of 'Super Covid' comes as more than 19.7million people across the United States have tested positive for coronavirus since the start of the pandemicCredit: Getty Images - Getty 2 In a Thursday night tweet, the department wrote: "Florida has evidence of the first identified case of the UK COVID-19 variant in Martin County. "The individual is a male in his 20s with no history of travel. "The Department is working with the CDC on this investigation. We encourage all to continue practicing COVID-19 mitigation." A followup tweet read: "At this time, experts anticipate little to no impact on the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine. "For updates on the state's vaccination efforts, text FLCOVID19 to 888777." The confirmed spread of "Super Covid" comes as more than 19.7million people across the United States have tested positive for...
    A Florida man has become the third American to be officially diagnosed with the mutant 'super-COVID-19' strain.  The Florida Department of Health confirmed the diagnosis on Thursday night. Officials said the man is in his 20s, lives in Martin County and has no history of travel.   Two other cases of the mutant strain, which was first detected in the United Kingdom and is thought to be 70 percent more transmissible than the original, were confirmed earlier this week, the first in Colorado and second in California. Colorado officials say they are also investigating a second suspected case in the state.  The emergence of the strain in the US comes as many states weather harrowing surges in cases, hospitalizations and deaths while the vaccine rollout falls further and further behind schedule.   This is a developing story. 
    THE "super-Covid" strain first detected in the UK has been discovered in California - a day after the highly contagious variant was confirmed in the Colorado National Guard. California Governor Gavin Newsom on Wednesday announced the infectious mutant strain had made its way to the Golden State, fueling fears of a rapid spread across the US. 11A second suspected case of a UK Covid-variant was found in Colorado on Wednesday 11New cases of the UK 'Super-Covid' strain have been found at a nursing home in Elbert County, ColoradoCredit: Google Maps Newsom was speaking to Dr Anthony Fauci at a live-streamed event when he revealed the news. He said: "Just an hour or so ago we were informed that this new variant - this new strain that we have identified obviously from the UK and some other parts of the globe identified in Colorado yesterday - has been identified here in the state of California." The case was discovered in the San Diego area, county officials confirmed in a press briefing on Wednesday afternoon. The patient is a man in his...
    The first case of the 'super-COVID-19' strain has been found in southern California, Governor Gavin Newsom said Wednesday.   This comes after the first US case of the mutant strain first detected in the UK was confirmed in Colorado this week.  Newsom made the announcement that the 'super-COVID' strain had landed in California during a virtual conversation with Dr. Anthony Fauci Wednesday afternoon. 'Just an hour or so ago we were informed that this new variant, this new strain that we have identified obviously from the UK and some other parts of the globe, identified in Colorado yesterday has been identified here in the state of California,' he said.  The first case of the 'super-COVID-19' strain has been found in California, Governor Gavin Newsom said Wednesday
    HEALTH Officials are investigating a second suspected case of the UK "Super-Covid" strain in Colarado. CNN reports that confirmed and suspected cases involve two men that work at an assisted living facility in Simla. More to follow... For the latest news on this story keep checking back at Sun Online. The Sun is your go to destination for the best celebrity news, football news, real-life stories, jaw-dropping pictures and must-see video. Download our fantastic, new and improved free App for the best ever Sun Online experience. For iPhone click here, for Android click here.  Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheSunUS and follow us from our main Twitter account at @TheSunUS. Most read in NewsKILLER KILLEDDeath row paedo who killed girl, 14, then SURVIVED execution dies ‘of Covid’SICK HUSBANDEx-husband ‘hanged wife naked on balcony after new lover gave her ring’LANDSLIDE HORROR21 missing as landslide hits town as cops get calls from trapped peopleCOVID CHAOSLA's packed ICUs forced to shut doors as Covid patients treated in GIFT SHOPCOP OUTBreonna Taylor police to fire TWO more cops involved in 'no knock' raidROYAL GRUMBLEHarry...
    Colorado has announced it has detected the first case of the mutant COVID-19 strain first found in the UK. Governor Jared Polis said in a tweet: 'Today we discovered Colorado’s first case of the COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7, the same variant discovered in the UK. The health and safety of Coloradans is our top priority and we will monitor this case, as well as all COVID-19 indicators, very closely.' In a statement he said the Colorado State Laboratory confirmed the case and notified the Center for Disease Control (CDC). The case was detected in a man in his 20s who is 'currently in isolation in Elbert County and has no travel history.'  The fact the man has not traveled tells officials he caught the strain from someone else in the US. He will remain in isolation until he is cleared by health officials. The statement adds: 'The individual has no close contacts identified so far, but public health officials are working to identify other potential cases and contacts through thorough contact tracing interviews.' Gov Polis added: 'There is a lot we...
    White House coronavirus testing czar Admiral Brett Giroir says he's confident all Americans will be inoculated by late June and the vaccine will work against the new mutant strain that emerged in Europe.  'We’re clearly on schedule, 20 million vaccinations distributed by the first week in January, we expect another 30 million in January, another 50 million in February,' Giroir said on Fox News Sunday. 'And with the current contracts, even with just the vaccines we have right now, we still expect that any American who wants a vaccine can be vaccinated by June. That’s really very exciting. That means a couple hundred million people being able to be vaccinated by that time,' he added. But he warned the public has to 'keep vigilant' by wearing face coverings and maintaining social distancing.  The White House coronavirus testing czar Admiral Brett Giroir says all Americans will be inoculated by late June and the vaccine will work against the new mutant strain that emerged in the United Kingdom  'With good mitigation steps, with increasing vaccinations among those who are vulnerable, we...
    MORE than one million people have now tested positive for coronavirus in South Africa, its Health Ministry announced today. It comes just days after a new super-spreading strain of Covid-19 was confirmed in the country, with fears a second wave could be spreading feaster than the first. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 1A medic attends to a Covid patient at a special ward in Arwyp Medical Centre, South AfricaCredit: Reuters South Africa's grim milestone comes nine days after the country, which is the worst hit in Africa, reported 900,000 infections. It had taken just two weeks to reach 900,000 cases from the 800,000 seen early in December and several hospitals are now reporting wards overflowing, Reuters reports. In a statement on Sunday, South Africa's Health Ministry said: “Today, we have breached one million cumulative cases of COVID-19 in South Africa, with a cumulative total of 1,004,413 cases reported." The country's Coronavirus Command Council met today to decide whether further measures would be needed to stop the spread of the bug,...
    The mutant British strain of coronavirus is probably already in the United States and could even have originated there, scientists and politicians have said.  The new strain - feared to be 70 per cent more transmissible and to spread more easily among children - has led to calls for the US to impose a travel ban on Britain, as dozens of countries including Canada have already done.    Dr Anthony Fauci said the strain 'very well might be here for all we know', while New York governor Andrew Cuomo said he believed it had already reached the US.  Scott Gottlieb, a former head of the FDA, told CNBC that the new strain 'is already in the US' and that a travel ban would not keep it out. 'As the virus continues to spread around the world, we're going to start to see more of these variants,' he warned.    Jeremy Luban, a University of Massachusetts virologist, told the Washington Post that the new strain 'may have even started here' - suggesting it might have been detected in Britain first because the UK has a...
    SUPER gonorrhoea is on the rise as the highly infectious and drug-resistant bug may become untreatable in a perfect storm caused by Covid-19. World Health Organisation medics warned the STI may become even more resistant to antibiotics as an overuse of them during the pandemic is fuelling its mutation.  Getty Images - Getty 3 Super gonorrhoea is on the rise thanks to the Covid pandemic The super strain of one of the world’s oldest STIs has been given the ideal environment to thrive as the world continues to fight against coronavirus. Untreated, super gonorrhoea can lead to a five-fold increase of HIV transmission and eye infections that may lead to blindness.  There are more than 90million cases of gonorrhoea worldwide each year, and this number is growing by 17%. Although WHO reports the majority of cases to be in the African region, the western world is seeing cases grow at an alarming rate. The CDC reports infections have increased by 63% since 2014, and up to five million people in the US could be infected with gonorrhoea in 10 years....
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