The new COVID-19 variant has now been detected in at least 27 countries worldwide.
OMICRON CIRCULATING THE GLOBE
The World Health Organization (WHO) named the Omicron variant of the coronavirus a new variant of concern.
With the discovery of the new variant – especially one that has over 30 mutations – there’s always an element of panic that comes as part of the package.
THE WORLD SHUT ITS DOORS TO SA
When Omicron was declared by South African scientists last week, the world shut its doors to the country.
The WHO has critised efforts to impose travel bans on southern African nations, stating that they place “a heavy burden on lives and livelihoods.”
It now looks like our ‘virus without borders’ was actually circulating the globe long before some countries decided to impose travel bans on South Africa.
LATEST LIST OF COUNTRIES THAT HAVE CONFIRMED CASES
Here’s a list of the places reporting cases so far:
South AfricaBotswana, Australia, Austria, Belgium,Brazil, Britain, Canada, Czech Republic,Denmark, Germany, Ghana, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Portugal, Réunion, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, SwitzerlandHong Kong.
GOOD NEWS… OR TOO EARLY TO SAY?
Meanwhile, several leading scientists have already moved to quell fears about the new strain of COVID-19.
And even representatives from the World Health Organisation (WHO) are buoyed by these early findings.
THE MAJORITY OF CASES HAVE BEEN MILD
In the cases of Omicron infections studied so far, an overwhelming majority of cases have been ‘mild’.
That was the message shared by one WHO official on Wednesday, who also stated that vaccines would neutralise the mutation.
The SA Medical Association, several British scientists, and health officials in Israel have all gone on record to report that mild infections are prevalent in Omicron-positive cases.