Most COVID-19 cases recorded in Almaty and Nur-Sultan NUR-SULTAN. KAZINFORM «The new COVID-19 strains detected in Kazakhstan are sent for additional genome sequencing. The whole-genome sequencing of stealth subvariant of the omicron strain will be available by the end of May,» Kazakh Healthcare Minister Azhar Giniyat said.
S. Korea's new COVID-19 cases down amid lifting of outdoor mask mandate SEOUL. KAZINFORM - South Korea's new coronavirus cases fell Monday, a week after the government lifted the outdoor mask mandate in the latest attempt to return to pre-pandemic normalcy amid a downward trend in COVID-19 cases, Yonhap reports.
Trials of Omicron vaccine underway BEIJING. KAZINFORM The Omicron-based vaccine candidate developed by China's Sinopharm is expected to complete clinical trials in three to four months, senior executives of the company said recently, adding that it will shift most manufacturing capacity to the upgraded vaccine if it is developed successfully.
New infections below 100,000 for 4th day as omicron slows in S. Korea SEOUL. KAZINFORM - South Korea's daily new coronavirus cases stayed below 100,000 for the fourth day in a row Sunday, with most of the country's virus restrictions set to be lifted this week amid the slowdown of the omicron wave, Yonhap reports.
Omicron subvariant makes up nearly three quarters of new COVID-19 infections in U.S. LOS ANGELES. KAZINFORM The BA.2 sub-lineage of the Omicron variant has accounted for nearly three quarters of new COVID-19 infections in the United States, according to latest data of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
S. Korea's new COVID-19 cases above 300,000 for 4th day amid omicron spread SEOUL. KAZINFORM - South Korea's new daily COVID-19 cases stayed above 300,000 for four straight days Tuesday as the country battles through the worst virus wave yet, sparked by the highly transmissible omicron variant, Yonhap reports.
Foreign ministry extends COVID-19 advisory against all overseas travel in S. Korea SEOUL. KAZINFORM - The foreign ministry renewed its COVID-19 special advisory against all overseas travel for another month Sunday in what is expected to be the last extension of the advisory that was first issued two years ago, Yonhap reports.
S. Korea: New COVID-19 cases over 250,000 for 2nd day; deaths at all-time high SEOUL. KAZINFORM - South Korea's daily COVID-19 cases stayed above 250,000 for the second consecutive day Saturday, and the daily death count reached another high amid the fast spread of the omicron variant, Yonhap reports.