WHO issues warning for Omicron Variant says risk is ‘very high’
The World Health Organisation on Monday warned that the risk related to Omicron the new variant of coronavirus disease Covid19 is “very high”.
The U.N. agency, in technical advice to its 194 member states, urged them to accelerate vaccination of high-priority groups and to “ensure mitigation plans are in place” to maintain essential health services.
Further research is needed to better understand Omicron’s potential to escape protection against immunity induced by vaccines and previous infections, WHO said, adding that more data was expected in the coming weeks.
The WHO has classified Omicron as a variant of concern, and countries, including India, have begun keeping a stricter vigil on the new cases that are being reported to ensure that the cases are not due to the new variant.
The emergence of a new variant, Omicron, has sent the global community into a panic state, and while European nations have started announcing lockdown measures, many countries like the U.S. have imposed travel bans for South Africa and some more countries over concerns regarding the Omicron variant.