The US watches the progress of the Omicron version of the coronavirus amid apathy and concern, a new strain first identified last week in South Africa and that has set off the alarm of the World Health Organization (WHO). Organization warned that the overall risk was “rated as too high”. and asked to exercise extreme caution.
On Monday, a day after the first two cases of the new strain were confirmed in Canada – two from Ottawa who had been to Nigeria – US President Joe Biden said the emergence of the variant is “cause for concern, but not for panic”. The president, who announced on Friday that he would ban flights from eight southern African countries – Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique, Malawi and South Africa – urged citizens who have done so to prevent the spread. Stop the spread of the virus and those who have had two doses to get a booster. More than 80% of US adults have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine and about 60% have a full immunization program.
In addition to the United States, Canada and Brazil – where a possible case study of the new variant is also being conducted – have released Travel restrictions from countries in the south of the African continent, where this type of identification was made. The scientific community is still not sure if this version of the virus is more transmitted and that vaccines lose their effectiveness against it, but the first symptoms and the more than 30 mutations found in this type caused a chain reaction in the Middle World to stop it. has started. Expansion.
Faced with the caution of these nations, Mexican President Andres Manuel López Obradoro Has reduced the potential effects of the Omicron type At his first conference of the week: “There is no reason to worry, the report that experts have given me. We do a follow-up, there are no elements to worry ”, he assured. “A lot in the media information,” he said.
In Mexico, 65 million people have been vaccinated as planned and 11 million have received their first dose. Recently, they have joined Vaccination of adolescents aged 15 to 17 years, but of the third dose, advanced in other countries, in Mexico it has not yet begun to be implemented.
In other countries in the region, rulers are also carefully watching the progress of the new tension. Colombian President Ivan Duque has announced the application of measures for travelers to Africa who show symptoms of the disease, although that country does not have direct flights to the African continent. “Those who have been in Africa in the last 15 days and who present any symptoms should inform the Colombian authorities and should also be isolated,” the president said.
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