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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

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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.

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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: Two passengers from the southern Africa contaminated in Australia by the Omicron Variant

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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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