January 27, 2022

Omicron latest: South Africa won the world time, how to use it?

Omicron latest: South Africa won the world time, how to use it?
Omicron latest: South Africa won the world time, how to use it?Omicron latest: South Africa won the world time, how to use it?

IF THERE IS one lesson the covid-19 pandemic has taught the world, it is that acting early pays off. So when news emerged on November 25th in South Africa of a worrying new variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, countries immediately began scrambling to tighten the rules on international travel. By November 29th suspected cases of Omicron had been identified in many countries in Europe and elsewhere. Our most recent stories on the developing situation are listed below.

The Economist explains
Why might new variants like Omicron spread more easily?
Mutations allow new forms of the virus to better bind to human cells

Omicron and on
What to do about covid-19’s threatening new variant
South Africa’s scientists have bought the world time on Omicron. It should use it

Between a rock and a hard place
Three threats to the global economic recovery
Tightening American monetary policy, slowing China and the Omicron variant

Mutant strain
Countries are scrambling to stop a new covid variant
How big a threat is Omicron?

The Economist explains
Why coronavirus variants are named using the Greek alphabet
It is simpler, and less contentious, than the technical or colloquial appellations

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