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).
health-coronavirus-WHO: coronavirus: WHO judges the global risk related to the Omicron variant as "very high" © Reuters / Denis Balibouse Coronavirus: WHO judges the global risk related to the Omicron variant as "very high"
Geneve (Reuters) - The World Health Organization (WHO) estimated Monday that the risk related to the Omicron Variant of the Coronavirus SARS- COV-2 was "very high" globally, especially because of the great probability that it is spreading around the world.
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. It therefore advocates an acceleration of CVIV-19 vaccination, particularly the most vulnerable populations and enjoins its member states to ensure that mitigation plans in place to preserve the systems of health.
Coronavirus: Israel will close its borders facing Omicron
Health-Coronavirus-Variant-Israel: Coronavirus: Israel will close its borders facing Omicron © Reuters / Ronen Zvulun Coronavirus: Israel will close its borders facing the variant OMICRON Jerusalem (Reuters) - Israel announced Saturday the prohibition of its territory to any foreign visitor for two weeks to contain the spread of the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus identified in South Africa.
"Omicron is characterized by an unprecedented number of mutations of the Spike protein (the one that allows the virus to enter the cells and which is the target of the antibodies produced by the organization-NDLR), some of which are of concern for their impact Potential 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.
In view of these various 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.
(Report Stephanie Nebehay, French version Myriam Rivet, edited by Blandine Hénault)
COVID-19: There are now 12 cases of Omicron in France .
© Copyright 2021, Obs The number of cases of infection in the Omicron variant detected in France now rises to twelve, according to the last updated balance sheet Friday night by the health authorities. "At 16h, three new cases of OMICRON variant infection have been reported in France", indicates on its site the Public Health Agency France .