Omicron: According to the WHO, there is a ‘high infection risk’ over the world

Omicron: According to the WHO, there is a ‘high infection risk’ over the world

There is a risk of serious effects in some locations, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

In an interview, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the leader of the organisation, repeated his appeal for a worldwide push toward getting vaccines to poorer countries.

He told us that Covid-19 was "not done with us" yet.

Earlier this month, the variant was discovered in South Africa, and preliminary evidence suggests that it has a higher chance of re-infection. Reporting of the variant in South Africa has been commended.

According to the WHO, "Omicron possesses an unusual number of spike mutations, some of which are alarming for their possible impact on the pandemic's path."

It's not yet clear whether the new variety is connected with increased transmission, risk of reinfection, or how it responds to immunizations, said Dr. Tedros on Monday.

When Covid-19 reappeared, "Omicron's very emergence is another reminder that although many of us think we've finished, it isn't done with us," he stated.

The new variation has not been linked to any deaths yet, he said. Cases have already been documented in Canada, the United Kingdom, Portugal, Belgium, and the Netherlands, among other nations.

There have been calls for a travel ban on Southern African countries in response to the new version. This has been criticised by the South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, who has called for an investigation.

Both Japan and Australia have halted their long-awaited plans to remove border restrictions at the stroke of midnight on Tuesday.

International students and "skilled workers" with visas were supposed to be able to travel into Australia on Wednesday, but that has now been postponed until December 15.

Israel has also made it impossible for anyone from outside the nation to enter.
Covid booster injections will be administered to all adults over the age of 18 in the UK in an effort to prevent a new outbreak of Omicron-caused illness.

With Joe Biden asking Americans to "go get your booster," the United States has likewise followed suit. Masks should also be worn at home, he advised.

However, Vice President Biden also stated that he does not foresee any additional limitations on US travel or lockdowns at this time.

According to research from Johns Hopkins University, there have been more than 261 million illnesses and five million deaths worldwide since the pandemic began in 2020.