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WHO Warns Nations To Accelerate Vaccination As Omicron Spreads

| Updated: November 29, 2021 17:23

The new Omicron variant of Covid-19 seems to be posing a “very high” global risk in the countries where surge in cases are being recorded. World Health Organisation (WHO) is currently studying the variant, its transmissibility and the severity of the disease. 

With the rapid spread of the variant in South Africa, WHO has warned the nations to accelerate the vaccinations, genome sequencing and develop essential health services. 

“Omicron has an unprecedented number of spike mutations, some of which are concerned for their potential impact on the trajectory of the pandemic,” WHO said in a statement.

WHO also informed that there is no evidence as of now if the increased number of hospitalisations in South Africa was specifically because of the new variant. However, if another major surge of Covid-19 takes place because of the infections caused by the new variant, the consequences may be severe. Until now, no deaths have been linked to the Omicron variant. 

The overall risk of the new ‘variant of concern’ is very high and has the potential to escape the current vaccinations and previous infections, WHO stated. Experts believe that the Omicron variant could affect the vaccinated people too. 

The Omicron variant was first found in South Africa and has since been detected in at least 12 countries. It includes Italy, Hong Kong, Australia, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Germany, Israel, Czech Republic, Belgium, Botswana and Canada. 

In view of the rising concerns, many countries have already imposed travel bans and restrictions on flights to and from South Africa and neighbouring nations. Japan and Israel have barred foreigners from entering. While Australia has said that they will review plans to re-open borders for skilled migrants and students. 

India has made on-arrival testing mandatory for travellers arriving from the countries where Omicron has been detected. 

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