Omicron variant found in 38 countries so far according to WHO
The World Health Organization confirmed on Friday that the Omicron variant is present in at least 38 countries, as initial research suggests that the strain is more contagious than the delta variant, albeit with mild symptoms.
Furthermore, rather than falling or stagnating, the variant’s infection rate appears to be rising.
“We do see an increasing growth rate, we see increasing numbers of Omicron being detected,” said Maria Van Kerkhove, the WHO’s Covid-19 technical lead.
Omicron variant: ‘Quite clearly this virus can infect vaccinated people’ says scientist— GB News (@GBNEWS) December 2, 2021
Prof. Gideon Schreiber from The Weizmann Institute of Science discusses the mutations in the Omicron variant and how infectious it may have become. pic.twitter.com/AhQyH1LwIR
“There is a suggestion that there is increased transmissibility, what we need to understand is if it’s more or less transmissible compared to delta,” Van Kerkhove said, adding that the Delta variant remains more prevalent across the world.
In better news, there is evidence that the symptoms from the Omicron variant are only mild, although that remains inconclusive at this stage.
That is the view of an official at the WHO.
🚨🚨 | BREAKING: Now the World Health Organisation says most Omicron cases are 'mild' and there's NO EVIDENCE to suggest vaccines are be less effective against the variant— Politics For All (@PoliticsForAlI) December 2, 2021
Maybe someone should tell government officials who appear to be responding, as ever, by implementing draconian measures.
Everyone freaking out about the Omicron variant when the doctor who discovered it is on camera saying it’s not a big deal sums up our COVID response from the beginning just perfectly.— Jesse Kelly (@JesseKellyDC) December 2, 2021
In England, people who do not wear a mask in shops and on public transport could face fines of £200 as the government brings in new measures aimed at slowing the spread of the Omicron variant.
Meanwhile Germany has imposed a lockdown on unvaccinated people as European health officials warn the Omicron variant could overtake Delta in the next few months.