Omicron subvariant XBB.1.5 accounts for over 90% new Covid cases in US
XBB.1.5 was estimated to account for 90.2 per cent of all Covid-19 cases in the country in the latest week ending March 18, Xinhua news agency reported. It was up from 88.8 per cent a week before and 86.3 per cent two weeks prior, CDC data showed. The prevalence of XBB.1.5 has kept increasing since late 2022.
US Congress legislates to declassify information on Covid-19 origins
The move is aimed at demystifying several conspiracy theories surrounding the alleged deliberate leak of the genetically engineered SARC Cov 2 virus, a weaponised flu virus, to test its efficacy. The alleged leak or accidental release of the virus from Wuhan lab of Hubei province of China devastated the world killing 5 million people around the globe and infecting 50 million people worldwide, the maximum being in the US and India, just as the Spanish Flu did in 1928 to 1930.
US CDC lifts Covid test requirements for travellers from China
The decision took effect for flights departing to the US from the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong, Macau, and designated airports at or after 3 p.m. on Friday, Xinhua news agency quoted CDC as saying. This means that air passengers will no longer need to get tested and show a negative Covid-19 test result, or show documentation of recovery from Covid-19, prior to boarding a flight.
Did Anthony Fauci commission paper used to debunk Covid lab leak theory?
The Select Subcommittee said that new email evidence shows that Dr. Fauci ordered, helped to edit, and gave final approval to a paper titled "The Proximal Origin of SARS-CoV-2," published in the journal Nature Medicine. The paper "disproved" that Covid originated from China's infamous Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV). Instead it showed that coronavirus had "mutations" that were "totally consistent with a jump of a species from an animal to a human".
Omicron subvariant XBB.1.5 accounts for nearly 90% new Covid cases in US
The prevalence of XBB.1.5 has kept increasing since late last year, and it is estimated to account for 89.2 per cent of new Covid-19 cases in the country this week, up from 85.4 per cent last week and 79.7 per cent two weeks prior, reports Xinhua news agency. The second most prevalent strain BQ.1.1 accounts for 6.7 per cent. The CDC first started tracking.
About 15.5 mn children in US infected with Covid
Over 121,000 of these cases have been added in the past four weeks, and almost 28,000 child Covid-19 cases were reported in the latest week ending February 23, Xinhua news agency reported, citing the report. Over the past five months, weekly reported child cases in the United States have plateaued at an average of about 32,000 cases.
Covid most likely originated from Chinese lab: FBI chief
He went to say that the FBI has specialists who focus on "the dangers of biological threats, which include things like novel viruses like Covid, and the concerns that they (are) in the wrong hands (of) some bad guys, a hostile nation state, a terrorist, a criminal". Some studies in the past have suggested that the virus made the leap from animals to humans in Wuhan, possibly at the city's seafood and wildlife market, reports the BBC.
Covid-19 pandemic a result of lab leak: US agency
The report -- a classified intelligence report was recently provided to the White House and key members of Congress, the Wall Street Journal reported. It highlights how different intelligence agencies have arrived at disparate judgments about the pandemic's origin. As per people who have read the classified report, the Energy Department made its judgement with "low confidence", the WSJ reported.
Omicron subvariant XBB.1.5 accounts for 85% new Covid cases in US
The prevalence of XBB.1.5 kept increasing since late last year -- up from 79.2 per cent last week and 71.9 per cent two weeks prior, Xinhua news agency reported citing the estimates as saying. XBB.1.5 is growing in proportion in all regions nationwide, according to the CDC. BQ.1.1 remains the second most prevalent strain at 9.4 per cent, The CDC first started tracking.
Covid marks sixth leading cause of death in US in January
The US federal government has announced plans to end the Covid-19 Public Health Emergency on May 11. The CDC said that Covid-19 remains a public health priority and it has impacted all aspects of daily life and contributed to a decline in life expectancy. Many people remain at higher risk for severe illness and death, Xinhua news agency reported.