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Omicron found in 5 US states

Omicron found in 5 US states

The omicron variant of COVID-19, which had been undetected in the US before the middle of this week, had been discovered in at least five states by the end of Thursday, showing yet again how mutations of the virus can circumnavigate the globe with speed and ease, PTI reported.

COVID-19 among kids

COVID-19 among kids

South African experts have expressed concern about the rising number of Covid-19 infections among young children, even as the country recorded a further 16,055 infections and 25 deaths overnight on Friday, according to a PTI report.

Hippos with runny noses test positive

Hippos with runny noses test positive

The two hippos at Antwerp Zoo tested positive for the coronavirus after a vet noticed their noses were "expelling snot." The huge animals, who are mother and daughter, are not in great peril.

Taliban issue decree ban forced marriage

Taliban issue decree ban forced marriage

The Taliban have promised to end the practice of young girls being sold off to pay debts. However, the Islamist fundamentalists have not clarified how they intend to implement the decree.