World Well being Group (WHO) director-general Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated on Wednesday that the Omicron COVID-19 variant has now unfold to 57 nations and that quantity is predicted to extend.
Tedros added that nations all over the world should keep vigilant with surveillance, testing and sequencing because the Omicron variant spreads and will have a significant impression on the course of the pandemic.
He additionally stated based on rising information from South Africa, there’s proof of elevated threat of reinfection with Omicron, however extra information is required to attract firmer conclusions. There’s additionally some proof the Omicron variant causes milder illness than the Delta variant of the coronavirus.
Earlier this month, WHO officers within the Western Pacific stated border closures adopted by some nations might purchase time to delay the Omicron COVID-19 variant, however measures put in place and expertise gained in coping with the Delta variant ought to stay the muse for preventing the pandemic.
Whereas a couple of nations are going through surges, COVID-19 instances and deaths in lots of others have decreased and plateaued, WHO regional director for the Western Pacific Dr. Takeshi Kasai informed reporters in a digital information convention earlier this week.
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