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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said her wedding "won't be going forward" as the country implements new COVID-19 restrictions due to Omicron.

Forecasters have slashed their estimates for economic growth in the first three months of 2022, as economic disruptions from the Omicron wave are making a post-pandemic normal ever more elusive.

ANALYSIS: Pooled testing meant as Australia’s Omicron outbreak got worse, the number of tests being processed by labs started to decrease, here's why the same thing will happen here.

WHO director warns against assuming Omicron is last COVID variant, pandemic near "endgame" - Newsweek

“What we’ve seen over the space of, particularly Omicron, is that people are becoming more divided,” the CEO of Ipsos Public Affairs said.

Hospitals are increasingly asking staff who have the coronavirus to work while potentially infectious, underscoring how the hyper-transmissible omicron variant has sidelined employees, overwhelmed resources & upended nearly two years of strict protocols.

U.S. economy hits the brakes in January during omicron wave, Markit surveys show

An Oppenheimer team points out that the fast-food giant is beating rivals, but still lowered its earnings forecasts because of fallout from the Omicron wave.

Do you have 'super immunity' after booster, omicron? via @WSAV 

Seattle-area arts organizations have juggled staffing shortages, virtual events and more during the coronavirus pandemic — and with the rapid spread of the omicron variant, a familiar cycle of event cancellations and delays is happening once again.


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The Technical Advisory Group on SARS-CoV-2 Virus Evolution met today to review what is known about the #COVID19  variant B.1.1.529. They advised WHO that it should be designated a Variant of Concern. WHO has named it Omicron, in line with naming protocols

Vaccination will not stop the spread of omicron. It prevents hospitalization and death, particularly in those who are elderly and immunocompromised. So forcing Novak Djokovic, literally one of the healthiest people on the planet, to vaxx to play in the Aussie Open, is ridiculous.

NEW: first thread of 2022 is an Omicron situation update, starting with a detailed look at UK hospitals, before going international. Let’s start with severity, and the most important chart: Despite steep rises in cases and patients, the number on ventilators has barely risen.

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There is no Omicron hospital “surge” in FloridaPeople admitted for non-Covid reasons get tested If they test positive they get counted as a “COVID patient” The majority of the 5,400 “Covid patients”in #Florida  are in the hospital for non-Covid reasons

Omicron or Omarion, either way, please get vaxxed or boosted like you “Post to Be”.

JUST IN: Omicron COVID variant was in Europe before South African scientists detected and flagged it to the world

If there really is but 65 hospitalisations from Omicron, and one death, then the current paroxysm from state and media constitutes a crime again the economy and thus against the people.

BREAKING: Chairwoman of South African Medical Association says Omicron coronavirus variant is causing 'mild disease' and 'no prominent symptoms'

This is obscene. Last week, 8 investors in Pfizer and Moderna became $10 billion richer as news about the Omicron variant spread. It's time for these pharmaceutical companies to share their vaccines with the world and start controlling their greed. Enough is enough!

Omicron is not a 'South African variant', it's a variant that was spotted & reported by brilliant South African scientists so fast the world has a chance to get on top of it. Could have originated anywhere.