Tue, 18 Jan 2022

KATHMANDU -- The Nepali government on Monday confirmed the first two cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in the country.

A 66-year-old foreign national who arrived in Nepal on Nov. 19 and a 71-year-old person having close contact with him have been found to be infected with the Omicron variant, Nepal's Ministry of Health and Population said in a press statement.

The two men are from the same country, Hemanta Chandra Ojha, chief of the Zoonotic and Other Communicable Diseases Control Section under the health ministry, told Xinhua.(Nepal-Omicron Variant)

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SUVA -- Fiji reported two confirmed cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 on Monday night.

According to Fiji's Permanent Secretary for Health James Fong, the infections were reported in two fully vaccinated Fijian citizens.

They had traveled back to Fiji from Nigeria, arriving on Fiji Airways flight FJ1392 from China's Hong Kong on Nov. 25, the day the discovery of the Omicron variant was announced internationally.(Fiji-Omicron Variant-COVID-19)

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JAKARTA -- The death toll from Semeru volcano eruption in Indonesia's East Java province rose to 22 on Monday with more than 30 people missing, while search for the victims was still underway amid a potential of lava floods and hot clouds.

The rescuer team found several bodies buried under mud in Lumajang district on Monday, and the number of missing people may rise as there were sand mining activities on rivers during the eruption, said Daniel Riza, an official at the data and information center of the district's disaster management and mitigation agency.

"The reports coming to us showed that 22 died, and 30 persons lost contacts, and the number could be more than that as there were some mining activities on the rivers just before the eruption," he told Xinhua.

The natural disaster has forced 1,700 people to flee homes and take shelters at evacuation centers as hundreds of houses, a bridge and other infrastructure facilities were destroyed, the official said.(Indonesia-Volcano-Eruption)

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DHAKA -- Normal life was thrown out of gear in parts of Bangladesh on Monday with rains pounding the capital Dhaka under the impact of cyclonic storm Jawad.

No major damage has so far been reported although some areas of the country witnessed heavy incessant rainfalls.

The Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) recorded 44 mm of rain in Dhaka in the past 24 hours to Monday morning.(Bangladesh-Rains)

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