The Omicron version could have “serious consequences”. This is what the World Health Organization (WHO) has to say: Reported by Sky News. “The potential for further spread of Omicron globally is high,” reads a technical paper on the new edition of the coronavirus published today. “To date, no deaths have been reported related to the Omicron variant.”
The warning is contained in a technical document published today by the WHO, which also said “the potential for a possible spread of omicrons globally is high”. Still referring to this new version, the World Health Organization has outlined that, “Based on these characteristics, there could be future waves of Covid-19, which could have serious consequences depending on a number of factors, including: including the location in which waves may occur.” The WHO also notes that “the overall global risk assessment related to new omicron variants of concern (VOCs) is very high”.
“It seems quite overly worded” to me about the Omicron version, says Franco Locatelli, coordinator of the CTS and president of Boongiorno’s CSS at SkyTG24. “We know – he says – that this is a variant that has had a significant prevalence in South Africa, the time taken to become dominant has been greatly reduced compared to other variants, with an increase of about 260% of cases. TH. Country: Everything supports greater infectivity. But we have no evidence that it can cause more severe disease or in any way avoid the protective effect of vaccines.”
Six cases in Scotland, some did not travel
In Scotland, six cases of the new version of COVID-19, known as Omicron, have been identified, bringing the number of infections detected in the United Kingdom to 9 so far. According to the Edinburgh government, four cases are in the Lanarkshire region and two have been identified in the Glasgow and Clyde area. Some infected people have no recent history of foreign travel, suggesting that they are infected within the community. Scottish public health and local health protection teams are working together to reconstruct the spread of the virus.
Japan closed its borders
Japan is closing its borders and from tomorrow it will close borders to foreign nationals to prevent the spread of the Omicron version of the coronavirus in the country. The announcement – the Kyodo Agency reports – was made today by Japanese authorities, which had already ordered entry restrictions for all foreigners who had recently traveled to Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia. And went to Zimbabwe. It has been established that Japanese citizens and residents who have returned from one of these countries and 14 other unspecified states and territories must spend ten days in solitary confinement in facilities established by the authorities.
Japan’s Prime Minister Kishida: “Avoid the worst case scenario”
The measure, announced by Premier Fumio Kishida, was taken “to avoid a worst-case scenario”. “It is – he said – a temporary measure pending information relating to the Omicron version is no longer clear”. Kishida then announced that a Namibian man had tested positive and that investigations were underway to establish the type that caused the infection. Results will come in four to five days. According to the Japanese health ministry, the patient landed at Narita airport on arrival from Namibia yesterday.
First case confirmed in Austria
The first case of the Omicron variant has been confirmed in Austria. This was announced by the Vienna Ministry of Health. This is a Tyrolean who just returned from a trip to South Africa a few days ago and has no symptoms.
New Zealand, no entry from 9 countries
New Zealand closed its borders to travelers from nine southern African countries in an effort to stop the spread of the Omicron version of the coronavirus across the country. CNN reports it. Only citizens of New Zealand will be able to enter the country from South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Seychelles, Malawi and Mozambique. For them, however, there is a 14-day quarantine period, announced minister Chris Hipkins with the responsibility of managing Covid. Also, the government has announced that the lockdown in the city of Auckland, which has been in force for more than 100 days, will be lifted next Friday.
Canada confirms first two cases
Canada has confirmed its first two cases of the new Omicron version of COVID-19. There will be two infected passengers. Two cases were found in the capital, Ottawa, Ontario, and two were related to people who had recently arrived from Nigeria. Both infected are isolated and Canadian health officials have been tracking their movements in recent days to identify people they may have been in contact with.
France, 8 potentially suspected cases
There are eight potentially suspected cases of being infected with the Omicron variant of Kovid in France. The French Directorate General of Health has given this report in a note. The people, the note read, “went to southern Africa within fourteen days and tested positive but negative for other alpha, beta, gamma and delta variants.” Confirmation will take “a few days”.
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