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Alpha, beta, delta — they were all more severe than the original. So why, after omicron, should the next variant be different?
The omicron variant of COVID-19 appears to produce less severe infections than the delta variant, but it should not be labeled "mild," the WHO has said. Follow DW for the latest coronavirus news.
The rapid spread of omicron had concerned virologists. Now, African scientists are optimistic that the variant could mark the end of the pandemic and the beginning of an endemic.
Australia has reported its highest number of daily COVID-19 deaths since the start of the pandemic. Meanwhile, China has imposed new COVID rules on parcels from abroad. DW has the latest.
New Zealand's stricter rules have put a pause on the prime minister's wedding plans, but Ardern said other people faced far greater hardships. Beijing has ramped up testing ahead of the Olympics. DW has the latest.
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