Japan set to widen COVID-19 curbs as Omicron drives record

TOKYO, Jan 19 (Reuters) – Japan was poised on Wednesday to widen COVID-19 curbs to the capital, Tokyo, and a dozen regions covering half the population, as the Omicron variant of coronavirus drives record new infections. Already in effect in three regions, the measures, set to run from Friday until Feb. 13, are expected to […]Read More

Covid-19: CDC warns against travel to 22 countries including Australia

Covid-19: CDC warns against travel to 22 countries including Australia and Israel Rising number of coronavirus cases prompts official US advice: ‘Do not travel internationally unless you are fully vaccinated’ The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday advised against travel to 22 nations and territories because of a rising number of Covid-19 […]Read More

Wells Fargo profits soar thanks to increase in loans, cost-cutting

Wells Fargo on Friday beat analysts’ estimates for fourth-quarter profit as a rebound in US economic growth encouraged more customers to take loans and the bank kept a tight lid on costs. Profit jumped 86% to $5.8 billion, or $1.38 per share, flattered by a $943 million gain from the sale of the bank’s corporate trust […]Read More

Cathay Pacific to suspend transit travellers from high-risk areas

Cathay Pacific to suspend transit travellers from high-risk areas published : 13 Jan 2022 at 18:30 A woman walks past empty counters of Cathay Pacific at Hong Kong International Airport, following infections of Covid-19 in Hong Kong on Tuesday (Photo: Reuters) HONG KONG: Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd said on Thursday that transfer and transit services […]Read More

Quest Diagnostics raises profit forecast on COVID testing surge

Quest Diagnostics on Wednesday signaled an upbeat 2021 profit as COVID-19 testing volumes surged with the spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant in the United States. Quest said it performed over 120,000 PCR tests per day in the last couple of weeks of 2021, and over 150,000 tests a day at the beginning of this year. “We […]Read More

Joint business group sees limited economic impact from Omicron

Thailand’s leading business group said on Wednesday it saw only a limited impact on the country’s economy from the latest coronavirus outbreak driven by the highly transmissible Omicron variant. “We expect the impact from the Omicron variant to be felt in the first quarter of 2022 then economic recovery will continue in the second quarter,” […]Read More

United Airlines says 3,000 employees test positive for COVID

United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby said on Tuesday that the company had about 3,000 employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 but its vaccinated employees had neither died nor recently been hospitalized with the disease. Chicago-based United was the first US carrier to mandate vaccines for its employees in order to facilitate travel and flight […]Read More

CVS ups profit forecast as demand for COVID vaccines, tests

CVS on Tuesday raised its 2021 earnings forecast, citing higher demand for COVID-19 vaccinations and over-the-counter testing as infections in the US soared due to the fast-spreading Omicron variant. Shares in the drugstore chain operator were up nearly 1% at $106.10 just before noon. The company said it now expects adjusted profit per share for […]Read More

Economy to take 0.3% hit from Omicron – Bank of

Bank of Thailand governor Sethaput Suthiwartnarueput (File photo supplied) The economy will take a 0.3% hit from an outbreak of the Omicron variant of Covid-19, although it should be managed within the first half of 2022, the Bank of Thailand (BoT) governor said on Tuesday. The BoT has tools ready should the Omicron-driven outbreak last longer […]Read More