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China Discovers New Subtype Of The Omicron Variant As Daily Cases Rise

China Discovers New Subtype Of The Omicron Variant As Daily Cases Rise

As daily covid-19 cases continue to rise in China, the state media has reported a case that is infected with a new subtype of the Omicron variant. The Global Times reported that a new iteration of the virus has been found in a mild covid-19 patient, which is shown to be evolved from the BA.1.1 branch of the Omicron variant. The report also mentioned that the subtype does not match the coronavirus variant that has been causing havoc in the country, nor does it match those submitted to GISAID. Meanwhile, a case reported in Dalian city in northern China also did not match any previously found variant of the coronavirus, as reported by the municipal government. On Saturday, China reported 12,000 asymptomatic covid-19 cases nationwide. All of the Chinese residents are currently under lockdown.

Covid-Bulletin: India Registers 913 New Cases; Recovery Rate At 98.76%

According to the latest data released by the union health ministry, India has registered 913 new covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The active caseload of the country currently stands at 12,597. Meanwhile, daily recoveries continue to outnumber active covid-19 cases, with recording 1,316 recoveries in the previous 24 hours. The total recoveries have reached 4,24,95,089. The daily and weekly positivity rates currently stand at 0.29% and 0.22%, respectively. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, the country has conducted 79.10 crore covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, India has administered 184.70 crore covid-19 vaccine doses so far under the nationwide vaccination drive.

Pakistan Political Turmoil: Imran Khan De-Notified As Pak PM; To Continue In Office Till New Caretaker PM Is Appointed

Recently, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan was de-notified as Pak PM, as reported by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman. After the dissolution of the National Assembly, a statement was issued by the country’s cabinet. However, Pakistan President Arif Alvi said Imran Khan would continue to retain the Prime Minister position until a new caretaker PM is appointed under Article 224 A (4) of the Pakistan Constitution. Taking to Twitter, Mr Alvi said: “Mr Imran Ahmad Khan Niazi, shall continue as Prime Minister till the appointment of caretaker Prime Minister under Article 224 A (4) of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan,” The de-notification of Mr Khan came after the Deputy Speaker of the assembly Qasim Suri dismissed the no-confidence motion against Mr Khan.

Sri Lanka Economic Crisis: Sri Lanka’s Cabinet Resigns As Economic Crises Deepens

On Sunday, Education Minister Dinesh Gunawardena confirmed that Sri Lanka’s cabinet has resigned from their positions at a late-night meeting which has further deepened the economic crisis of the island country. All 16 ministers of the Sri Lankan cabinet have submitted their letters of resignation to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Currently, Sri Lanka is facing its worst-ever economic crisis with a foreign exchange shortage, leading to a food, power, fuel, and gas shortage. Protests are being staged on every street, apartment complex and several areas around the country. As reported by a newspaper, more crucial resignations are likely to happen in the coming hours. 

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