The Omicron BA.2 COVID variant is in Australia. This is what we know – ABC News

Why has BA.2 been called the ‘stealth’ variant?

BA.2 got the “stealthy” nickname because it lacks a signature deletion
mutation present in BA.1, which PCR tests could use to figure out if a sample was Omicron or not.

For some doctors, COVID vaccinations are a money-maker

…While nursing staff on Germany’s COVID wards take home modest salaries
for the superhuman jobs they do, doctors in private practice are making a
tidy sum with vaccinations, says DW’s Marco Müller…

European country removes ‘last’ Covid-19 restrictions — RT World News

… [Prime Minister] Frederiksen noted that while “it may seem strange and paradoxical” that the restrictions would be removed as Denmark experiences its highest infection rates to date, she pointed to the drop in the number of patients in intensive care, crediting widespread vaccination against Covid-19 for severing the link between the number of hospitalizations and that of infections…

WHO Chief Says Europe Moving Towards Pandemic “Endgame”
WHO Chief Says Europe Moving Towards Pandemic “Endgame” Authored by Paul Joseph Watson via Summit News, Hans Kluge, the World Health Organization’s Europe director, says the continent is moving towards an “endgame” scenario, in another sign that Omicron heralds the beginning of the end of the pandemic. Despite record cases being recorded in multiple different […]

NSW may have hit its Omicron peak based on hospital data — and that’s good news for other states – ABC News

…It comes as new figures show the overall burden on the health system is
lower than scenario modelling released by the government at the start of
the year…

Covid: WHO warns pandemic not over amid Europe case records – BBC News

…Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus cautioned against the assumption that the newly dominant Omicron variant is significantly milder and has eliminated the threat posed by the virus.
…He warned global leaders that “with the incredible growth of Omicron
globally, new variants are likely to emerge, which is why tracking and
assessment remain critical”.