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 2021-12-03 02:08 

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Australia records first Omicron community case, authorities hold nerve for now...

SYDNEY (Reuters) -Australia on Friday reported its first community transmission of the new Omicron coronavirus variant, but authorities held steady on a plan to reopen the economy amid hopes it would prove to be milder than previous strains....

 2021-12-03 00:53 

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Japan's service sector activity expands at fastest pace in 2 years...

TOKYO (Reuters) Japan's services sector activity grew at the fastest pace in more than two years in November on a jump in new business, signalling stronger consumer confidence as the coronavirus pandemic subsided....

 2021-12-02 21:23 

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Google delays return to office in Europe, Middle East, Africa Business Insider...

(Reuters) Alphabet Inc's Google is delaying its return-to-office plan in Europe, the Middle East and Africa on concerns over the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, Business Insider reported on Thursday, citing a company memo....

 2021-12-02 20:26 

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Investors track COVID case counts, watch key market levels as Omicron fears grow...

By Lewis Krauskopf NEW YORK (Reuters) The emergence of Omicron is fueling uncertainty in markets, as investors await information about the heavily mutated coronavirus variant and gauge how badly it could damage the global recovery....

 2021-12-02 18:40 

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S.Africa's health body sees threefold higher risk of reinfection from Omicron...

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) The new Omicron variant of the coronavirus poses a threefold higher risk of reinfection than the currently dominant Delta variant and the Beta strain, a group of South African health bodies said on Thursday....

 2021-12-02 16:23 

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WHO says surge team deployed in S.Africa's Gauteng to tackle Omicron...

NAIROBI (Reuters) The World Health Organization (WHO) is deploying a surge team to South Africa's Gauteng province, epicentre of the outbreak of the new Omicron coronavirus variant, to help with surveillance and contact tracing, it said on Thursday....

 2021-12-02 15:23 

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Pessimistic on Europe? Try shorting the Swedish crown...

By Saikat Chatterjee LONDON (Reuters) Some traders eyeing the next big short European trade in global markets amid growing economic headwinds and a new coronavirus variant are looking at selling Sweden's crown....

 2021-12-02 13:38 

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Vietnam factories short of workers after heavy-handed lockdowns Cento Ventures...

By Sayantani Ghosh and Miyoung Kim (Reuters) Factories in Vietnam are struggling for staff after many migrant workers returned home when a coronavirus lockdown that had kept them in Ho Chi Minh City for months last year was eased, a partner at venture cap...

 2021-12-02 12:53 

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First two cases of Omicron variant case found in mainland France...

PARIS (Reuters) -France on Thursday reported its first two cases of the new Omicron coronavirus variant, as the government's top scientific adviser said it could become dominant in the country by the end of January....

 2021-12-02 12:53 

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Boeing drives S&P, Dow futures higher after Omicron drubbing...

By Devik Jain (Reuters) Futures tracking the Dow and the S&P 500 rose on Thursday, led by gains in planemaker Boeing and travel stocks, although increasing cases of the new Omicron coronavirus variant across the world continued to drive volatility in mark...

 2021-12-02 10:38 

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Ryanair optimistic about summer despite Omicron...

LONDON (Reuters) Ryanair DAC CEO Eddie Wilson said on Thursday the airline was still optimistic about summer demand despite the emergence of the coronavirus Omicron variant....

 2021-12-02 09:53 

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Germany to impose restrictions on unvaccinated to break COVID surge...

BERLIN (Reuters) Germany is expected to impose restrictions on the unvaccinated on Thursday as it seeks to break a dramatic surge in daily coronavirus infections exacerbated by the discovery of the Omicron strain....

 2021-12-02 08:53 

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European shares fall on losses in tech, travel companies...

(Reuters) European shares fell on Thursday, tracking a slide in U.S. equities overnight due to uncertainty around the Omicron coronavirus variant and the chances of quicker interest rate hikes than expected....

 2021-12-02 08:38 

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UK shares slide as inflation, Omicron risks grow...

(Reuters) UK shares fell on Thursday due to fears around the Omicron coronavirus variant, with the United States confirming its first case of the new strain, while warnings about inflation from major central banks further added to the downbeat mood....

 2021-12-02 08:23 

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OPEC+ weighs output policy as Omicron fears hammer prices...

LONDON (Reuters) OPEC and its allies will decide on Thursday whether to release more oil into the market or restrain supply amid big gyrations in crude prices, a U.S. release from oil reserves and fears over the new Omicron coronavirus variant....

 2021-12-02 06:08 

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Investors flee U.S. corporate junk debt on inflation, Omicron concerns...

By Karen Pierog CHICAGO (Reuters) Worries over surging inflation and a new variant of the coronavirus are roiling the U.S. corporate junk bond market, though some believe the tumble could draw investors seeking higher yields....

 2021-12-02 05:53 

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Short bets on Asian FX rise as Omicron uncertainty grips markets: Reuters poll...

By Harish Sridharan (Reuters) Investors became increasingly bearish on most Asian currencies as the detection of a possibly vaccine-resistant coronavirus variant and subsequent mobility restrictions by several countries soured risk appetite, a Reuters pol...

 2021-12-02 04:08 

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First Omicron case in U.S. adds to global alarm over virus variant...

TOKYO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) Fears over the impact of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus rose on Thursday after the first case was reported in the United States and the Japanese central bank warned of economic pain as countries respond with tighter cont...

 2021-12-02 02:38 

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Asian shares tick up but Omicron worries leave markets on edge...

By Alun John HONG KONG (Reuters) Asian shares edged higher in choppy trading on Thursday, helped by advances in Chinese real estate shares, though fears about the Omicron variant of the new coronavirus capped gains regionally....

 2021-12-02 02:16 

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Oil rises on views OPEC+ may pause supply addition amid Omicron fears...

By Yuka Obayashi TOKYO (Reuters) Oil prices rose on Thursday, reversing the previous day's losses, on expectations OPEC+ may pause supply additions amid growing concern the spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant could weigh on the global economy an...

 2021-12-02 01:23 

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Aussie, rand flounder as Omicron spooks investors...

By Kevin Buckland (Reuters) The safe-haven yen hovered near a seven-week high on Thursday while the rand and riskier currencies languished as the Omicron coronavirus variant established itself as the dominant strain in South Africa and continued to spread...

 2021-12-02 01:08 

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S.Korea hits new COVID-19 record, halts quarantine exemptions to block Omicron...

By Hyonhee Shin SEOUL (Reuters) South Korea's daily record of coronavirus cases reached a fresh high on Thursday, as authorities halted quarantine exemptions for fully vaccinated inbound travellers for two weeks in a bid to fend off the Omicron varian...

 2021-12-02 00:53 

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'What will be, will be': New York City tourists unfazed by Omicron...

By Roselle Chen NEW YORK (Reuters) The holiday season promises peak travel cheer in New York, with more visitors on the streets and in stores, but the emergence of the heavily mutated Omicron coronavirus variant threatens to throw a wrench into the touris...

 2021-12-01 19:25 

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U.S. reports first case of Omicron variant...

(Reuters) The United States identified a first case of the new Omicron coronavirus variant in California, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday...

 2021-12-01 19:23 

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Explainer-Does Omicron pose higher risks for infants than other variants?...

By Alexander Winning and Tim Cocks JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) Data from an area in South Africa hard-hit by the Omicron variant of the coronavirus has shown a high number of hospital admissions of infants under 2 years old, raising concerns that the variant m...

 2021-12-01 17:24 

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Omicron likely to spread beyond Canada and Brazil, says regional health agency...

By Anthony Boadle BRASILIA (Reuters) The new Omicron variant of the coronavirus is likely to soon spread to other countries in North and South America after being detected in Canada and Brazil, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said on Wednesday...

 2021-12-01 16:24 

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WHO expects to have more information on Omicron transmission 'within days'...

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) The World Health Organization expects to have more information on the transmissibility of the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus within days, its technical lead on COVID-19, Maria van Kerkhove, said in a briefing ...

 2021-12-01 15:08 

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BoE's Bailey says COVID impact weaker but still strong...

LONDON (Reuters) The economic impact from COVID-19 has faded since the start of the pandemic but still remains strong, Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey said on Wednesday, when asked how to assess news of the Omicron variant of coronavirus....

 2021-12-01 14:34 

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German ICUs expect COVID peak to hit hospitals at Christmas...

BERLIN (Reuters) -Germany reported the highest number of deaths from coronavirus since mid-February on Wednesday as hospitals warned that the country could have 6,000 people in intensive care by Christmas, above the peak of last winter....

 2021-12-01 12:53 

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ECB governors mull delaying call on future bond buys as outlook murky...

By Francesco Canepa and Balazs Koranyi FRANKFURT (Reuters) A growing number of European Central Bank governors are considering delaying part of a decision on the ECB's stimulus plans as the outlook has been muddied by a new coronavirus variant and mou...

 2021-12-01 12:23 

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Philippines says COVID variants highlight need for local vaccine development...

By Karen Lema MANILA (Reuters) New coronavirus variants highlight the need for countries to do their own research and development on COVID-19 vaccines, said a senior Philippines trade official, adding that people will only be safe once the whole world is ...

 2021-12-01 11:53 

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EU pushes for daily travel reviews, mass booster shots over Omicron...

BRUSSELS (Reuters) The European Union needs daily reviews of its travel restrictions and rapid deployment of vaccine booster doses to limit entry and protect its citizens from the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, the European Commission said on Wednesd...

 2021-12-01 09:53 

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For stranded father, bittersweet reunion as Singapore-Malaysia border reopens...

By Ebrahim Harris and Joseph Campbell JOHOR BAHRU, Malaysia/SINGAPORE (Reuters) Before the coronavirus pandemic, Mohammad Faris Abdullah's daily commute between his home in Malaysia and his job in Singapore took just 30 minutes....

 2021-12-01 08:38 

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Commodity stocks lift FTSE 100 as Omicron worries ease...

(Reuters) UK's FTSE 100 rose on Wednesday as oil and mining stocks recovered after concerns around the new coronavirus variant eased slightly, ahead of the OPEC meeting later in the day....

 2021-12-01 08:22 

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Host S.Korea shifts U.N. peacekeeping meet online amid Omicron concerns...

By Hyonhee Shin SEOUL (Reuters) A U.N. peacekeeping conference expected to draw more than 700 people to Seoul next week from 155 nations will now be held online instead, as concerns grow over the Omicron variant of coronavirus, South Korean officials said...

 2021-12-01 07:46 

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UK urges people to book booster shots as Omicron cases grow...

LONDON (Reuters) British Health Secretary Sajid Javid said there were 22 confirmed cases of the Omicron variant of coronavirus in the United Kingdom, and that that figure was set to rise....

 2021-12-01 06:23 

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Analysis-History says expect strong December for U.S. stocks, despite Omicron and Fed worries...

By Lewis Krauskopf (Reuters) A pileup of risks into year-end has some investors gauging whether December will continue its historical trend of a strong stock performance, even as markets face of worries over the Omicron coronavirus variant and a more hawk...

 2021-12-01 04:08 

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South Korea reports daily record of over 5,000 new COVID-19 infections...

By Sangmi Cha SEOUL (Reuters) -South Korea reported a new daily record of 5,123 new coronavirus cases, as it battles to contain a sharp rise in patients with severe symptoms and stave off the Omicron https://www.reuters.com/world/global-spread-omicron-cas...

 2021-12-01 03:08 

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Air travelers to U.S. set to face tougher COVID-19 testing...

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The U.S. is moving to require that all air travelers entering the country show a negative COVID-19 test performed within one day of departure in response to concerns about a new coronavirus variant, the Centers fo...

 2021-12-01 00:38 

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OPEC+ begins two days of talks amid oil rout...

LONDON (Reuters) OPEC and its allies begin two days of meetings on Wednesday to decide whether to release more oil into the market or restrain supply amid an oil price rout and fears the Omicron coronavirus variant could weaken global energy demand....

 2021-12-01 00:23 

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UK retailers raise shop prices for first time since 2019...

LONDON (Reuters) British retailers increased their prices for the first time in more than two years in November as the coronavirus pandemic hit global supply chains, limited staff availability and pushed up inflation for shoppers, a survey showed on Wedne...

 2021-11-30 23:38 

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Courts block two Biden administration COVID vaccine mandates...

By Tom Hals (Reuters) -The Biden administration was blocked on Tuesday from enforcing two mandates requiring millions of American workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19, a key part of its strategy for controlling the spread of the coronavirus....

 2021-11-30 23:23 

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WHO warns against blanket travel bans over Omicron coronavirus variant...

GENEVA (Reuters) Countries should apply "an evidence-informed and risk-based approach" with any travel measures related to the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, including possible screening or quarantine of international passengers, but blanket ...

 2021-11-30 20:38 

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Ecuador to keep land border with Peru shut to try stop Omicron spread...

QUITO (Reuters) Ecuador's foreign ministry said on Tuesday that it would keep the country's border with Peru closed in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus' Omicron variant....

 2021-11-30 20:08 

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Analysis-As Omicron plays havoc with markets, shares of vaccine makers surge...

By Lewis Krauskopf NEW YORK (Reuters) The emergence of a worrisome coronavirus variant is benefiting shares of vaccine makers Moderna Inc, BioNTech and Pfizer as investors search for winning bets in markets roiled by uncertainty in recent days....

 2021-11-30 18:23 

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How South African scientists spotted the Omicron COVID variant...

By Tim Cocks JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) On Friday Nov. 19, Raquel Viana, Head of Science at one of South Africa's biggest private testing labs, sequenced the genes on eight coronavirus samples and got the shock of her life....

 2021-11-30 18:08 

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U.S. FDA evaluating effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines against Omicron...

(Reuters) The U.S. Food & Drug Administration said on Tuesday it was evaluating the effectiveness of authorized COVID-19 vaccines against the Omicron coronavirus variant and expects to have more information in the next few weeks....

 2021-11-30 17:23 

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New lockdowns due to Omicron would threaten coffee industry -Colombia coffee chief...

By Luis Jaime Acosta BOGOTA (Reuters) New economic lockdowns in response to the Omicron coronavirus variant would be another shock for the global coffee industry, Roberto Velez, head of Colombia's national coffee federation (FNC), said on Tuesday....

 2021-11-30 16:53 

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Omicron variant could outcompete Delta, South African disease expert says...

By Alexander Winning JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) The Omicron coronavirus variant detected in southern Africa could be the most likely candidate to displace the highly contagious Delta variant, the director of South Africa's communicable disease institute s...

 2021-11-30 15:07 

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WHO's Tedros warns against over-reaction to Omicron...

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) voiced concern on Tuesday that some countries were introducing blanket measures against the Omicron coronavirus variant that may not be necessary and penalised African n...

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