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Covid-19: Can at-home tests detect Omicron? Here's what experts are saying

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said this week that although the rapid tests work to detect coronavirus infection even though several new variants have come along, they may have reduced sensitivity when it comes to detecting the Omicron variant.

Preliminary research indicates that Omicron may still be a bit harder to detect through at-home Covid-19 than the other variants of the coronavirus. (Representational Image / AP)
Published on Jan 02, 2022 06:04 PM IST
Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

UK under Omicron's shadow, daily Covid-19 cases highest since January

The Omicron variant is growing “rapidly” in all regions of England and it is spreading faster than Delta, the latest data from UKHSA has revealed. Omicron is expected to be the dominant variant in Britain by the middle of this month, it said.

People walk through Westminster Underground station during morning rush hour, amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak in London, Britain. (File Photo / REUTERS)
Published on Dec 11, 2021 06:01 AM IST

Price of ‘popular’ rapid PCR test slashed to 3,500 at Delhi airport

Genestrings says till 7pm Thursday, over 3,000 tests were conducted, while on Wednesday, the first day of the new guidelines, around 2,100 tests were conducted.

Passengers queue for document verification at Terminal 3 of Delhi’s IGI airport on Thursday. (Sanjeev Verma/HT)
Published on Dec 03, 2021 12:21 AM IST
ByJasjeev Gandhiok, New Delhi

Freshers' party turns Covid super-spreader in Karnataka, at least 281 infected

In addition to Karnataka, several other states have also reported a sharp increase in Covid-19 cases in recent days.

Karnataka: Around 281 individuals, who either attended the party or were infected via people who did, have so far tested positive for Covid-19. (File Photo )
Published on Nov 28, 2021 08:19 AM IST
Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Meenakshi Ray, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Frequent mutations, rapid spread: New Covid variant found in South Africa

A recent surge in Covid-19 cases in South Africa seems to have been driven by a new variant of the coronavirus, which shows a high number of mutations and rapid spread among young people.

Healthcare workers assist patients being treated at a makeshift hospital run by charity organisation The Gift of the Givers, during the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak at Johannesburg in South Africa. (File Photo / REUTERS)
Updated on Nov 26, 2021 11:55 AM IST
Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Meenakshi Ray, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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