‘Varient of concern’ WHO quotes over New Covid Variant found in number of countries with most of the people were fully vaccinated.
Another fast-spreading New Covid variant has potential to be more dangerous than even Delta Variant, prompted several countries to impose restrictions on travel from affected regions and caused stock markets across the globe to crash.
The variant, which was announced by scientists in South Africa on Thursday, was detected in two more countries, Israel and Belgium. Botswana and Hong Kong are the other countries where the variant has been found.
By the information given by WHO (World Health Organization) most of the infected people were fully vaccinated, with at least one person in Israel also received a third, booster does we well. This implies that vaccines are not much effective against the new covid variant.
By evening, the World Health Organisation (WHO) had designated this variant, B.1.1.529, as a “variant of concern (VOC)”, and given it the name Omicron. India, which on Friday announced resumption of routine international air services from December 15, said it would step up screening of flyers, especially those from affected countries.
In an urgent warning to state governments of India, Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan asked to follow on serious public health implications and to increase vigilance.
This means that this variant is a cause of worry on at least two of the three criteria that are used to assess how dangerous any new variant is. As of now, there is no information on its ability to cause severe disease, the third crucial criteria.
“This variant has a number of mutations, some of which are concerning. Preliminary evidence suggests an increased risk of reinfection with this variant, as compared to other VOCs,” the WHO said in a statement.
“The number of cases of this variant appears to be increasing in almost all provinces in South Africa… This variant has been detected at faster rates than previous surges in infection, suggesting that this variant may have a growth advantage,” it said.