S.African official says children sick with COVID-19 have mild infections

HIGHER hospital admissions among children during a fourth wave of COVID-19 infections in South Africa that has been driven by the Omicron coronavirus variant should not prompt panic as infections…

Brazil’s Rio cancels New Year celebration as pandemic continues

THE mayor of Rio de Janeiro canceled New Year’s Eve celebrations after Brazil confirmed the first known cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant in Latin America’s biggest country. Eduardo Paes…

IMF chief says Omicron could dent global economic growth

THE International Monetary Fund is likely to lower its global economic growth estimates due to the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus, the global lender’s chief said at the Reuters…

Nigeria plans booster shots after first cases of Omicron variant

NIGERIA will start vaccine booster shots from next week for COVID-19, a senior official said, after the country confirmed its first cases of the Omicron variant among two travelers who…

Botswana says some diplomats found to have Omicron variant came from Europe

BOTSWANA’s President Mokgweetsi Masisi said some of the four diplomats who first tested positive for the Omicron coronavirus variant in the country had come from Europe, calling for a reversal…

South Africa hit by fourth Covid wave driven by Omicron

SOUTH Africa is being hit by a fourth wave of COVID-19 infections driven by the Omicron variant which has been detected in seven of the country’s nine provinces, Health Minister…

Government calls for vigilance as world battles the Omicron threat

By Patience Nyagato ZIMBABWEANS have been urged to remain vigilant and continue adhering to COVID-19 preventive measures after a new variant was detected in South Africa. In response to the…

President announces new COVID-19 lock-down measures

By ZBC Reporter PRESIDENT Mnangagwa this Tuesday tightened lockdown measures to deal with the threat of the fourth wave of Covid-19 infections driven by the new Omicron variant and complacency…

China pledges one billion Covid-19 doses to Africa

By ZBC Reporter THE President of China, Xi Jinping, has called for continued solidarity with African countries in building a China-Africa community with a shared future. In his keynote address…

COVID-19 vaccines expected to remain highly effective: Prof Karim

A nurse vaccinates a person at a vaccination site in KwaZulu-Natal. Renowned epidemiologist, Professor Salim Abdool Karim says the COVID-19 vaccines currently being administered are still expected to protect against…