In a briefing done on Monday, WHO said that, the new COVID-19 variant called Omicron is likely to spread on a global level. Since the variant has a high number of mutations, the overall risk factor related to Omicron is «very high».
The Omicron coronavirus variant is likely to spread internationally, posing a very high global risk of infection surges that could have severe consequences some areas, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday.
The UN agency urged its 194 member states to accelerate vaccination of high-priority groups and, in anticipation of increased case numbers, to “ensure mitigation plans are in place” to maintain essential health services.
Accord to Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the goal is for each country to vaccinate 40% of its population by the end of the year and 70% by the middle of 2021.
“Omicron has an unprecedented number of spike mutations, some of which are concerning for their potential impact on the trajectory of the pandemic,” the WHO said. “The overall global risk related to the new variant … is assessed as very high.”
As of today, several countries have confirmed cases of Omicron, the last est being Portugal, with 13 cases. No death related to the new variant Omicron has been confirmed.
Angela Coetzee, the chairwoman of the South African Medical Association, has said many times during her interviews and lives that, patients infected with Omicron present «mild symptoms».
The variant was first found by Angelique Coetzee in South Africa in a male patient and reported by Dr Tulio Oliveira in a live briefing early November 2021.
In response to the spike in cases, an increasing number of nations are tightening their borders despite pleas for caution and outbursts of dismay from some. Prime Minister Fusio Kishida said on Monday that, Japan is baring international travel.
“Omicron’s very emergence is another reminder that although many of us might think we’re done with Covid-19, it’s not done with us,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization, told a special session of the World Health Assembly.