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BANGKOK (The Nation/Asia News): Chulalongkorn University expert virologist Dr Yong Poovorawan posted on his Facebook page on Wednesday (Dec 1) that the Covid-19 Omicron variant can spread quickly according to several pieces of evidence:
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-cases-associated-travel-curbs-2021-11-29 variant, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said on Wednesday.
HONG KONG (AFP): Asian markets mostly rose Wednesday (Dec 1) while oil prices bounced as traders assess the outlook for the global economy after top drugs makers offered differing opinions on their vaccines' efficacy against Omicron and the Federal Reserve took a hawkish pivot on monetary policy.
JAKARTA (Xinhua): Indonesia on Tuesday (Nov 30) confirmed 297 new Covid19 cases, raising its tally of infections to 4,256,409, according to the country's Health Ministry.
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore's COVID-19 vaccination rate has risen to 96% of the eligible population and authorities are now racing ahead to administer booster shots amid concerns over the Omicron variant.
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian authorities on Wednesday flagged another probable case of the Omicron variant in Sydney as they braced for more infections after at least two international travellers visited several locations in the city while likely infectious.
MANILA (Bloomberg): Millions of Filipinos face having to pay for their own Covid-19 tests as a new rule mandating vaccines in workplaces comes into force, even as essential workers in some parts of the country struggle to access shots.
KUALA LUMPUR: Bursa Malaysia erased its previous session's gains and slid even lower as investors pulled out of equities following the US Federal Reserve chair's comments that the central bank could speed up the tapering of bond-buying in December.
NEW YORK (Reuters) -New York state's attorney general on Tuesday asked a state judge to appoint a monitor to oversee worker safety at an Amazon.com Inc fulfillment center in New York City, citing the retailer's alleged rollbacks of COVID-19 safety measures that were "already inadequate."
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain plans to allow people who have tested positive for HIV to join the armed forces if they no longer carry a detectable amount of the virus, its defence ministry said on Wednesday.