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Omicron is the newest Covid-19 “variant of concern,” according to the World Health Organization.
A new Covid-19 variant, now named the omicron variant, was detected in South Africa on Wednesday, prompting renewed concern about the pandemic, a major stock market drop, and the imposition of new international travel restrictions to stop the spread.
Though the variant’s existence was first reported by South Africa, it has also been found inBelgium, Botswana,Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, and the United Kingdom, meaning the variant has already spread — though how far is unclear, as new cases continue cropping up around the world.
While it will take scientists some weeks to understand the omicron variant, including how quickly it can spread and what the illness from infection with the variant looks like, the World Health Organization has already labeled omicron a “variant of concern,” which means it could be more transmissible, more virulent, or more able to evade the protection granted by vaccines than the original strain of Covid-19. Read more...
The discovery of a new and potentially more transmissible coronavirus variant by South African health authorities has sparked a forceful reaction across the world, with a number of countries banning travelers from several southern African countries.
The World Health Organization announced Friday
it has designated the newly identified coronavirus variant, B.1.1.529, as a variant of concern, named Omicron.
Besides South Africa, the newly identified variant has been detected in Botswana, Hong Kong and Belgium.
It appears to be spreading rapidly in parts of South Africa and scientists are concerned its unusually high number of mutations could make it more transmissible and result in immune evasion. Read more...
WASHINGTON, DC: Today, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) completed the third review under the Extended Credit Facility (ECF). The four-year ECF arrangement, with a total access of SDR 155 million (60 percent of quota or about US$214.30 million) was approved by the IMF Executive Board on December 11, 2019. Completion of the third review enables the immediate disbursement of SDR 17 million (US$23.64 million), bringing total disbursements under the arrangement to SDR 68 million (US$94.8 million). On August 23, 2021, Liberia received SDR 247.7 million (US$345.3 million) in the context of the general SDR allocation to the IMF’s membership. Read more...
Liberia: Hundreds of females between 18-35 years old on Monday, 22 November 2021, stormed the Barclay Training Center of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) on United Nations Drive, seeking to be enlisted to participate in a preparatory physical exercise that is being conducted by the AFL ahead of the main recruitment drive.
The Armed Forces of Liberia is expected to commence a nationwide recruitment drive intended to increase the size of the Liberian military. Read more...
Malawi's agriculture ministry has written to former world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson to be the ambassador for the country's cannabis.
Minister Lobin Lowe said the legalisation of cannabis last year in Malawi had created opportunities locally and internationally.
The ministry said the United States Cannabis Association was facilitating the deal with Tyson.
"Malawi may not go it alone as the industry is complex requiring collaboration. I would therefore like to appoint you, Mr Mike Tyson, as Malawi’s Cannabis Branch ambassador," Mr Lowe wrote. Read more...
Liberia: Police ‘Kills’ Two Commuters, One ‘Zogoe’ in Duala Raid
MONROVIA – At least three persons have been killed when officers of the Police Support Unit (PSU) of the Liberia National Police and the Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency (LDEA) fired live bullets during a crackdown on suspected armed robbers and drug dealers in the commercial area of Duala on the Bushrod Island, outside Monrovia.
Duala is located in electoral district # 16, Montserrado County. The unidentified victims believed to be in their early 30s were all males. Two of those who were shot dead were believed to be commuters, while the other was considered as a “zogo”. Disadvantaged youths are normally referred to as “zogos” in Liberia. Read more...