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Omicron variant of Covid-19 spreading at unprecedented rate, warns WHO

Updated: December 15, 2021 11:52 am

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that Omicron variant of COVID-19 was spreading at an unprecedented rate and urged countries to act swiftly to rein in the transmission. Omicron, which was first detected by South Africa and reported to the WHO  in November, has a large number of mutations, setting alarm bells ringing since its discovery.

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters that the strain had been reported in 77 countries and had probably spread to most nations undetected at a rate we have not seen with any previous variant.

The WHO also provided room for cautious optimism, saying, Africa had recorded a massive rise in cases over the past week but a lower number of deaths compared with previous waves. But it urged countries to act swiftly to rein in transmission and protect their health systems and warned against complacency.

WHO expert Bruce Aylward cautioned against jumping to a conclusion that this is a mild disease. He said, people could be setting themselves up for a very dangerous situation.

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