Omicron, a new Covid-19 variant with high number of mutations, sparks travel bans and worries scientists

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.


Hospital Gets PPEs

The donation is part of Ela Motors’ continuous support to the hospital since the pandemic began in 2020.

Ela Motors National Marketing Manager, Benjamin Niligur, thanked the Friends of POMGen and their effort to support POMGEN.

“On behalf of Ela Motors, we extend our appreciation to Friends of POMGEN and what they do for our National Hospital and as part of our annual ‘Corporate Social Responsibility Program’ we are happy to donate PPE supplies ranging from face shields, gloves, hand sanitizers, masks and gowns,” Mr Niligur said. 

Morobe Reports 85 Deaths

In its situation report dated November 20th to 24th, the Morobe Provincial Health Authority reported 84 active COVID-19 cases for this month.

From the cumulative total of 2,427, 2,342 have recovered.

For cases per district:

  • Lae – 1,776
  • Bulolo – 167
  • Huon – 137
  • Nawaeb – 96
  • Finschhafen – 94
  • Usino-Bundi – 51
  • Markham – 43
  • Tewai-Siassi – 26
  • Kabwum – 21
  • Menyamya – 16

Vaccination update

Vaccines don’t make people sicker if they get COVID


A report from the Chief Executive Officer’s office stated that there were 115 inpatients admitted at the Taurama Aquatic Centre and PMGH. Total number of beds in both facilities is 224. There were seven discharges and three deaths.

Out of the 46 that were tested within the 24 hours, 19 were positive and 27 turned returned negative, thus the positivity rate as of yesterday was 14 percent.

WHO worried COVID ‘amnesia’ will lead to another pandemic

“I have seen the amnesia that seems to descend upon the world after a traumatic event, and that’s understandable,” Mike Ryan told a briefing in Geneva.

“But if we do this again like we did after SARS, like we did after H5N1, like we did after H1N1 pandemic, if we continue to ignore the realities of what emerging and dangerous pathogens can do to our civilization, then we are likely to experience the same or worse again within our lifetimes,” he said.

The big one is coming, and it's going to be a flu pandemic

And yet, like with most people, it is probably something you haven't spent much time thinking about. After all, it is human nature to avoid being consumed by hypotheticals until they are staring us squarely in the face.

Such is the case with a highly lethal flu pandemic. And when it comes, it will affect every human alive today.