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US News COVID-19: the predominant Omicron variant in South Africa, according to WHO

00:15  03 december  2021
00:15  03 december  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

Coronavirus: World Concerns Faced with the new variant deemed "worrying" by WHO

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People queue for Covid - 19 tests at Lancet Laboratories in Johannesburg, South Africa , on Tuesday. Origin a mystery. Just where and when Omicron first emerged is still unknown. There is no identifiable "Patient Zero," a first person known to have been infected with the variant . As the director of the For now the Delta variant remains the dominant strain, accounting for 99.8% of the global sequences uploaded to the GISAID database, according to WHO 's latest bulletin. But that bulletin also notes that " South Africa , where Omicron was first detected, has experienced a recent sharp increase in the

South Africa 's president has urged everyone to get vaccinated. The new coronavirus variant Omicron has now become dominant in South Africa and is driving a sharp increase in new infections, health officials say. Some 11,500 new Covid infections were registered in the latest daily figures. By contrast, daily infections were averaging between 200 and 300 in mid-November, a top South African scientist told the BBC. Omicron has now been detected in at least 24 countries around the world, according to the World Health Organization ( WHO ). Those who have already had other variants of

Une professionnelle de santé réalise un test PCR à Abuja, au Nigeria, le 29 novembre 2021, autre pays où l'on a détecté le variant Omicron. © AP - GBEMIGA Olamikan A healthy professional conducts a PCR test in Abuja, Nigeria, November 29, 2021, another country where The Omicron variant was detected.

At a press conference, the World Health Organization (WHO) gave more information on the new Omicron variant that worries the entire planet.

On Wednesday, scientists WHO Africa gave details during an online conference and confirmed that the Omicron variant took the step on the other variants of the Covid-19 , particularly in South Africa.

The Omicron variant is now predominant in South Africa, confirmed the microbiologist Anne von Gottberg. It was present in 75% of sample sequencing in November and is creating a fourth wave of Covid-19 in this country, with 8,000 new cases Tuesday and probably 10,000 EC Wednesday, predicted the scientist.

Variant Omicron: singled out and shunned by Europeans, South Africa feels "punished"

 Variant Omicron: singled out and shunned by Europeans, South Africa feels © VALERY HACHE Passengers crowded on Saturday, to leave South Africa airport Johannesburg. AFP / Phill Magakoe The misty look, between frustration and relief, Valerie Leduc left the window from Johannesburg airport sesame pocket: finally a place on a return flight to Belgium, via Addis Ababa in three days. "It seemed to be criminals," says the young woman.

Omicron variant first dey reported to World Health Organization ( WHO ) by South Africa a week ago. Na eight point six million pipo so far dey infected wit covid inside Africa , according to di African Centre " Covid - 19 neva finish wit us yet," dis na di warning from head of di organisation, Dr

Travellers from South Africa , Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho and Eswatini will not be able to enter the UK unless they are UK or Irish nationals, or UK residents. US officials said flights from South Africa , Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi would be The FTSE 100 index of leading UK shares closed 3.7% down, while main markets in Germany, France and the US also sank. A " variant of concern" is the World Health Organization's top category of worrying Covid variants . The decision adds weight to the mounting scientific worry about the potential of this


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What is worrying, according to it, is that the Omicron variant has a greater faculty of reinfecting people who have already had the COVID-19. Hope, however, is based on the fact that it would provoke less serious forms, considers scientists, noting that there is no major increase in hospitalizations.

Frontier closures, an "unjust" decision

Vaccination is always encouraged to protect people, especially immunocompromised persons, but also to slow the circulation of the virus that causes all these mutations. These mutations of COVID-19 could be accelerated, according to a hypothesis, among the immunocompromised populations, in particular those affected by AIDS.

Coronavirus: Israel will close its borders facing Omicron

 Coronavirus: Israel will close its borders facing Omicron Health-Coronavirus-Variant-Israel: Coronavirus: Israel will close its borders facing Omicron © Reuters / Ronen Zvulun Coronavirus: Israel will close its borders facing the variant OMICRON Jerusalem (Reuters) - Israel announced Saturday the prohibition of its territory to any foreign visitor for two weeks to contain the spread of the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus identified in South Africa.

Covid - 19 Vaccine Tracker. Scientists in South Africa are studying a recently identified new coronavirus variant of concern, stoking fears the country may face a potentially severe fourth wave that could spread internationally. The new discovery, called B.1.1.529 until a Greek letter is assigned to it by the World Health Organization, carries an unusually large number of mutations and is “clearly very different” from previous incarnations, Tulio de Oliveira, a bio-informatics professor who runs gene-sequencing institutions at two South African universities, said at a briefing on Thursday.

South African scientists identified the omicron COVID - 19 variant (B.1.1.529) last week. COVID affects everyone differently, but according to virus and medical experts Eat This, Not That! Omicron , first identified in South Africa last week, was designated a ' variant of concern' by WHO .

At this conference, WHO also denounced the prohibitions of traveling by some Western countries. All stakeholders believe that these measures have no scientific basis and denounce "injustice".

South Africa and Botswana pay a strong price for their efforts and effectiveness to detect the new Omicron variant. WHO scientists therefore consider that these travel prohibitions are counterproductive as they risk deterring the affected countries to declare new variants in the future.

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Covid-19: the Omicron varying begins to spread locally in the United States and Australia .
first © AFP D e case of local transmission Omicron were reported Thursday and Friday in the United States and Australia, exacerbating concerns about this new variant of the coronavirus, already dominant in South Africa and could become in Europe. United States, five cases of varying Omicron were confirmed on Thursday in the state of New York, one in Minnesota and one in Hawaii, bringing to nine the total confirmed cases of the moment in the country.

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