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UK News: COVID-19. The Omicron variant represents a world risk "very high", warning the WHO

Omicron variant: a first suspect case detected in Germany

 Omicron variant: a first suspect case detected in Germany © Paul Zinken / DPA / DPA Picture-Alliance via AFP Germany, Covid-19, Variant Omicron, a near the Belgium , where a first proven case of Omicron variant has been reported, the Germany could in turn be already contaminated by the new South African variant that worries. A suspect case, detected in a person recently returned from South Africa , has indeed been identified, announced on Saturday the regional authorities of the State of Hesse (West).

Le variant Omicron se propage dans le monde depuis sa découverte la semaine passée en Afrique du Sud. Photo d’illustration. © Jung Yeon-I / AFP the Omicron variant has spread in the world since its discovery last week in South Africa. Photo Stock Illustration.

The World Health Organization has evaluated "very high" the risk presented by the Omicron Variant for the World. Still largely unknown, mutation could have "severe" consequences depending on the country.

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimated on Monday, November 29 that the risk of the OMICRON variant of COVID-19 was "very high" on a global scale, including the fact of the great probability. that he spreads around the world.

A potentially more dangerous variant

Dutch police arrest couple who fled omicron quarantine hotel

  Dutch police arrest couple who fled omicron quarantine hotel ZURICH, Nov 27 (Reuters) - Switzerland on Saturday widened quarantine requirements to stem the spread of the new Omicron coronavirus variant to travellers arriving from Britain, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Egypt and Malawi, where cases have been detected, its health ministry said.On Friday, Switzerland banned direct flights from South Africa and the surrounding region due to the detection of a new COVID-19 variant, while also imposing restrictions on travel from other countries including Hong Kong, Israel and Belgium.

in a technical note addressed to its 194 Member States, made public at night, the organization based in Geneva stresses that the many mutations characteristic of this variant could give it an advantage to escape the immune response (post-vaccination or post-infection) or increased transmissibility, suggesting a "high" risk

that it spreads more globally.

"Omicron is characterized by an unprecedented number of mutations of the SPIKE protein [that which allows the virus to enter the cells and which is the target of the antibodies produced by the organization], some of which are of concern for their potential impacts on The trajectory of the pandemic "

, emphasizes WHO. Moreover, preliminary data suggest that there may be an increased risk of reinfection with the Omicron variant, compared to previous variants that WHO had deemed concern.

Netherlands, Portugal, United Kingdom, Canada ... The list of countries where the Omicron variant has been identified extends

 Netherlands, Portugal, United Kingdom, Canada ... The list of countries where the Omicron variant has been identified extends © Copyright 2021, the Obs the new variant of Omicron coronavirus sows worry in the World While the World Health Organization estimated that it presented "a very high risk" . Detected last week in South Africa, it has already been identified in several countries and especially among European neighbors. "Obs" takes stock. Among the last ones to announce identified cases, Canada reported two cases in recent people in Nigeria. They were placed at isolation in Ottawa.

of the severe risks

it therefore advocates an acceleration of the vaccination against CVIV-19, in particular the most vulnerable populations and enjoins its Member States to ensure that it has put in place mitigation plans to enable Preserve health systems.

In view of these different observations, WHO estimates that future epidemic outbreaks of CIVID-19 are possible and that they could have "severe consequences"

in some areas. For all these reasons, the global risk related to the Omicron Concern variant is

"very high" . The UN Health Agency specifies that new data should arrive in the coming weeks and to better understand the potential exhaust mechanisms of the Omicron variant for immunization acquired by vaccination or after a previous contamination.

Pfizer believes that its vaccine is effective against Omicron ... but provides for a version adapted for March .
© Daniel Cole in a vaccination center in Marseille, December 1st. good news? The COVID-19 vaccine developed by the companies Pfizer and Biontech is "always effective" after "three doses" against the omicron variant of the virus, declare this Wednesday the laboratories. According to the studies carried out by the two laboratories "The vaccine is always effective against CVIV-19, also against the Omicron variant, if it has been administered three times" .

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