Japan Study : Omicron is 4 times more transmissible than Delta
The Omicron variant of Covid19 is 4.2 times more transmissible in its early stage than Delta, according to a study by a Japanese scientist who advises the country’s health ministry, a finding likely to confirm fears about the new strain’s contagiousness.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has also cautioned countries that the Omicron variant can spread fast if proper precautions are not taken, and it could lead to “severe consequences”. According to the latest report by WHO, the variant has now been detected in 57 countries globally.
The World Health Organization also said the omicron variant of the coronavirus may change the course of the pandemic. It called on countries to vaccinate as fast as possible and keep measures in place to protect people from infection.
A new lineage of the Omicron variant has been found in several samples in Australia’s Queensland, as scientists across the world are engaged in decoding more about the new variant, which appears to be more transmissible than Delta. The two lineages are now known as BA. 1 and BA. 2, the original Omicron known as BA.1.