As scientists race to understand the consequences of the Omicron COVID-19 variant, one of the most important questions is whether this new version of the coronavirus can outrun the globally dominant Delta variant. The World Health Organization
"I am equally concerned that several member states are introducing blunt, blanket measures that are not evidence-based or effective on their own, and which will only worsen inequities," said the WHO chief Tedros.
“Schools will remain open and the examinations will be held as per schedule.” Earlier, Federal Planning Minister Asad Umar urged the Pakistani people to get fully vaccinated in order to protect themselves from the new Omicron variant of coronavirus.
Much remains unknown about the new variant, including whether it is more contagious, as some health authorities suspect, whether it makes people more seriously ill, and whether it can thwart the vaccine.
Saudi Arabia last week halted flights from seven southern African countries, mirroring similar moves by other government, but travel links with North Africa have remained unaffected.
The woman came from an African country. She has received the two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to the approved national protocol.
So here we go again. The coronavirus has mutated, as we’ve always known it would, and the new variant, called omicron, is spreading fast. Should we be scared or sanguine? Should we change our behaviour and plans or carry on?
The country, whose hospitals bore the brunt of a record second surge in infections and deaths in April and May due to the Delta variant, has seen new cases plateauing around 10,000 in the past few weeks. But the detection of the Omicron variant in the southern state of Karnataka, has raised concerns of a third wave of infections.
The United States and Australia became the latest countries to confirm their first locally transmitted cases of the variant, as the number of omicron infections from a Christmas party in Norway rose to 13.