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WHO rings alarm bell over ‘very high risk’ Omicron

The WHO said the overall risk related to the new variant of concern Omicron remains very high

GENEVA: The risk posed by the Omicron variant is still “very high”, the World Health Organization said Wednesday, after Covid-19 case numbers shot up by 11 percent globally last week.

Omicron is behind rapid virus spikes in several countries, including those where it has already overtaken the previously-dominant Delta variant, the WHO said in its Covid-19 weekly epidemiological update.

 

“The overall risk related to the new variant of concern Omicron remains very high,” the UN health agency said.

“Consistent evidence shows that the Omicron variant has a growth advantage over the Delta variant with a doubling time of two to three days and rapid increases in the incidence of cases is seen in a number of countries,” including Britain and the United States, where it has become the dominant variant.

Nawaz to return soon, says Azma

LAHORE: Spokesperson for PMLN Punjab Azma Bukhari has said that Nawaz Sharif will come back soon.

Talking to media here Tuesday, she said Pakistan was the hometown of Nawaz Sharif and he would return to his country soon.

She alleged that the prime minister was responsible for PTI’s defeat in the LG elections in KP. She said farmers were protesting against the government over the shortage of fertilizer but during this government the farmers would get cannabis (Bhang), not fertilizer.

Queen is still haunted by 1967 helicopter tragedy: report

Queen Elizabeth II, who had ‘sleepless nights’ over Prince William flying his family around in a helicopter, is still haunted by a helicopter crash that killed the Captain of the Flight and three others in 1967.

It was disclosed last week that the Queen was having ‘sleepless nights’ over Prince William flying his family around in a helicopter.

“Queen is still haunted by a helicopter accident that killed the Captain of the Queen’s Flight and three others in December 1967,” a source revealed to a media outlet.

No royal was on board but Prince Philip had reportedly been flying the same aircraft. The Queen was so upset that she refused to contemplate rotary air travel altogether.

‘It [the accident] put her [the Queen] off completely,’ according to the source. ‘That’s why she’s so worried about the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children.”

The Captain of the Queen’s Flight, Air Commodore John Blount, was killed in in December 1967 when he was flying in a Westland Whirlwind that crashed near Newbury, Berkshire.

As a result, the Queen did not set foot in a helicopter until, finally, she had no choice. During her 1977 Silver Jubilee.

The accident put the Queen off completely, and made her fear about William and his family.

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