WHO warns that Omicron variant poses very high risk

WHO warns that Omicron variant poses very high risk

WHO warns that Omicron variant poses very high risk

The World Health Organization warned on Monday that the global risk from the omicron variant is “very high” based on early evidence, saying the mutated coronavirus could lead to surges with “severe consequences.”

The U.N. health agency, in a technical paper issued to member states, said “considerable uncertainties” remain about the variant that was first detected days ago in southern Africa. But it said it is possible the variant has mutations that could enable it to escape an immune-system response and boost its ability to spread from one person to another.