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World: Corona: Omikron variant in Berlin detected

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  Nu B.1.1.529 COVID Variant Possibly 500 Percent More Infectious Than Delta The new variant has more than double the number of "bad spike mutations" compared to the highly transmissible Delta variant, a scientist has warned.The new variant is thought to have 32 mutations in its spike protein and is feared to be able to bypass vaccines and immunity gained from being infected before. The B.1.1.529 variant that first emerged in southern Africa, has been detected in Belgium, South Africa, Hong Kong and Israel. The variant has been described as "the worst one we've seen so far" and scientists are concerned about it spreading.

Berlin – According to information from the Berliner Zeitung, the new virus variant Omikron has now also been detected in Berlin . The case concerns a returnee from South Africa who arrived in Berlin on Monday morning and immediately went into domestic isolation. The first symptoms appeared there. A PCR test confirmed the infection with the Omicron variant of Sars-Cov-2 on Wednesday evening. The results are available to the Berliner Zeitung. The mutation typical of Omikron has been detected , the genome sequencing is still pending.

The variant was initially referred to as B.1.1.529, but on Friday was designated as a variant of concern (VOC) by the World Health Organization because of its “concerning” mutations and because “preliminary evidence suggests an increased risk of reinfection with this variant ”. The WHO system assigns such variants a Greek letter, to provide a non-stigmatising label that does not associate new variants with the location where they were first detected . The new variant has been called Omicron.

Berlin - The new Virus variant Omikron has now been demonstrated in Berlin after information from the Berlin Zeitung. It deals with returnees from South Africa. Two infection cases were confirmed on Thursday, as Senate Health Administration announced about Twitter. In addition, there are still at least one to two other suspected cases in Berlin, for which no final confirmation is yet told, a spokesman said.

  Corona: Omikron-Variante in Berlin nachgewiesen © Provided by Berliner Zeitung

With a returnee from South Africa, there was a suspected that it could be the new variant. The man came on Monday morning in Berlin and immediately went into domestic isolation. There first symptoms occurred. A PCR test confirmed the high-grade suspicion of infection with the Omikron variant of SARS-COV-2 on Wednesday evening. The finding is the Berlin newspaper. The suspicion of the omikron variant was confirmed according to the Senate Health Administration after a total genome sequencing. The travel returner is double vaccinated and so far has only slight symptoms.

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  New COVID variant threat causes worldwide scramble BRUSSELS (AP) — Nearly two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, the world is racing to contain a new coronavirus variant potentially more dangerous than the one that has fueled relentless waves of infection on nearly every continent. A World Health Organization panel named the variant “omicron” and classified it as a highly transmissible virus of concern, the same category that includes the predominant delta variant, which is still a scourge driving higher cases of sickness and death in Europe and parts of the United States.

The Omicron variant , first detected in South Africa, appears to have reached Europe, specifically in the Netherlands, much earlier than previously thought, according to a report published Tuesday from the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). Scientist Susan Hopkins from Imperial College in London, for instance, called Omikron "the most worrying variant we have ever seen". Above all, the comparatively high number of mutations in the new variant are the cause for concern. Empty syringes are pictured after a coronavirus vaccinations at a doctor's office in Berlin

The omicron variant (B.1.1.529), which was first detected in southern Africa, was classified as “worrying” by the World Health Organization (WHO). The EU health authority ECDC speaks of serious concerns that the variant could significantly reduce the effectiveness of the corona vaccines and increase the risk of reinfections. Vaccination remains the best option even with Omikron , as experts emphasize. “All people who get vaccinated do not start from scratch when they are infected with a new variant ,” emphasized Lothar Wieler, President of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), in Berlin on Saturday.

The variant was reported from South Africa for the first time on 25 November, but has now been proven several times in Europe. Their scientific label is B.1.1.529, the World Health Organization (WHO) studied them as a "worrying" and gave her the name Omikron, after a letter from the Greek alphabet.

The variant prepares experts great care because it has about 30 changes on the spike protein. The vaccines against the coronavirus rain the immune system to form antibodies against the spike protein of the origin variant of the virus. Omikron could be recognized by the immune system of vaccinated worse, the fear is. In addition, it is feared that Omikron is once again significantly contagious than the delta variant. Scientific investigations, also for the effectiveness of vaccines, run. The results are expected in two to three weeks.

doctors from South Africa have at young, already vaccinated persons who infected themselves with Omikron has previously observed slight levels of illness. However, it is still open how difficult people can illuminate Omikron who are not vaccinated or older.

Omikron Despite Booster: Seven Germans infect in South Africa .
Preiser warned at the same time: "Of course, you can not misunderstand that the vaccine does not help. On the contrary, this only shows that the best possible vaccine obviously is not enough to prevent infection - which we have already known. "The study of Preiser and Colleagues from Thursday is not yet published in a journal. © Provided by Berliner Zeitung None of the seven Germans aged 25 to 39 had to fight with a serious course of infection.

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