Coronavirus outbreak

STARTING DATE: 8 Nov 2020

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TOTAL UPDATE: 7,210 STORIES

An outbreak of a novel coronavirus started around mid-December 2019 in Wuhan, China. The virus spread around the world, with cases confirmed in around a dozen other countries including France, Australia and the US and dozens of deaths in China as of Jan 26, 2020.

Coronavirus outbreak
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18:06

Omicron worries mount in Europe

Health authorities in Germany have identified the first suspected case in the country of the new Covid-19 variant, in a person who returned from South Africa.

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Omicron worries mount in Europe
15:40

Hong Kong wants 80% jab rate before reopening

HONG KONG: Hong Kong will have to achieve a vaccination rate of at least 80% before it will consider reopening its borders to mainland China and the international community thereafter, The Standard reported, citing a top government official.

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Hong Kong wants 80% jab rate before reopening
14:46

Thailand bans travel from 8 African countries

Thailand will ban entry of people travelling from eight African countries it designated as high-risk for the new omicron coronavirus variant, a senior health official said on Saturday.

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Thailand bans travel from 8 African countries
11:27

Travel curbs

WHO and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control says "omnicron" is a "variant of concern" as global markets swooned at the prospect of travel setback.

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Travel curbs
08:11

New Covid alarm sounds

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has warned Thais to avoid travelling to countries where a new Covid-19 variant first detected in South Africa has been found.

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New Covid alarm sounds
08:02

Small drop in cases

Covid case total falls by 486 but four provinces still saw large increases. Latest vaccination figures show 61.1% of the population has received at least two jabs.

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Small drop in cases
07:00

Markets plunge on new variant fears

Thai and global stock markets slumped yesterday after the emergence of a new and likely more contagious Covid-19 variant called B.1.1.529 that triggered a risk-off sentiment.

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Markets plunge on new variant fears
06:22

PM backs new vaccine drive

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has instructed public health agencies to step up efforts to encourage those who remain unvaccinated to get the jab as a week-long vaccination campaign begins today.

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PM backs new vaccine drive
06:09

'Variant of concern'

The World Health Organization declared the recently-discovered B.1.1.529 strain of Covid-19, first detected in southern Africa, to be a variant of concern and renamed it Omicron.

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'Variant of concern'
04:00

Nightlife industry closed

Night entertainment venues will not be allowed to open before Jan 16 as the government has extended the emergency decree for another two months.

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Nightlife industry closed