Some nations may have been able to buy time by closing their borders to battle the omicron coronavirus strain. Still, the policies and lessons learned from Delta should be the basis for a pandemic, according to WHO authorities in the Western Pacific. Some countries in the region have seen an increase in the number of reported cases.
Efforts To Combat Delta Are Also Effective Against The Omicron Variant
On Friday, Dr. Takeshi Kasai, WHO Western Pacific Regional Director, told reporters in a virtual news conference streamed from Manila, Philippines, that the number of cases and deaths had decreased and plateaued compared to the previous week.
The virus might be prevented from entering the nation by strict border controls. However, according to Kasai, every country and society must be prepared for new rises in the number of instances.
As a result, it’s a good thing that none of the current information about omicron suggests that they will need to alter their response. In the meanwhile, the new variety is being examined.
Health experts aren’t sure whether it’s more contagious or if it causes people to become more dangerously ill. In addition, it’s not clear whether it’ll affect immunization efforts.
Because of the enormous number of alterations it has undergone and the early indications that it is more transmissible than other variations, omicron has been recognized as a variety of concerns, says Kasai. It is his opinion that further testing and observation are needed.
The agreement has so far been signed by four countries and territories in the Western Pacific region. Dr. BabatundeOlowokure, WHO Regional Emergency Director for the area, said the omicron strain had been found in Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, and South Korea.
According to Olowokure, the figure is projected to climb as additional cases are discovered throughout the globe.
The infection has spread to India, Singapore, and Malaysia over the last 24 hours. In addition to the use of masks and other preventative measures, tactics such as universal vaccination coverage and social segregation are being considered.
It is possible to adapt them to suit the local conditions, according to Olowokure’s advice. A primary concern is making sure that patients get adequate care at the right time and ensuring that ICU beds are accessible for those who really require them.
There are hopeful tendencies in Western Pacific countries’ reaction to the flu epidemic, but Kasai warns that people should not get complacent.
More instances are being reported on a worldwide basis, and more people are being killed as a consequence, an expert says. This is because of a decrease in preventive efforts in other countries as well as a delta variance.
It’s not surprising that there will be more ups and downs in the future. In fact, if the virus continues to spread, it will continue to change, as seen by the advent of omicron. Kasai said this serves to warn the general people that they need to keep an eye out for suspicious activity.
He also cautioned about surges over the Christmas season, which he ascribed to more meetings and the movement of people. COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases, such as influenza are expected to be brought to the area by the northern winter season.