Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, said on Sunday that scientists and manufacturers would require weeks to understand the new version of the Omicron coronavirus properly. During a trip to Latvia, Von der Leyen spoke.
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Global governments are mobilizing in reaction to Omicron due to an increasing number of cases, as the United Kingdom recently revealed in an emergency meeting of the G7 health ministers. Domestic public health legislation requiring the wearing of a face covering in shops and on public transit, published on Sunday by the government, will take effect as of the start of the current week.
Researchers in South Africa made their first discovery of Omicron on Thursday, and they expressed anxiety at the large number of mutations observed in the creature. Many additional cases of the new strain have been reported and confirmed since then, bringing the total number of confirmed cases up to at least a dozen. As well as in South Africa, the variety has been found in Belgium, Botswana, and Australia as well as Canada, the Netherlands, and Germany.
13 people who had traveled from South Africa tested positive for Ebola at Schipol Airport on Sunday, according to the Netherlands. In a statement from the Netherlands’ National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), 61 positive Covid-19 samples taken at Schiphol Airport on Friday were sequenced to detect the variant. A “possibility exists that the new type may be detected in further test samples,” as stated by the organization.”
Prof. Sheila Bird, a biostatistician at the University of Amsterdam, noted that more information was needed despite the alarming results of the tests. She told the Science Media Centre that the 13 Omicron positives could be from a single household or that the clustering was caused by where passengers were on South Africa flight. Still, the vaccination status and age distribution of those infected must also be taken into consideration before any conclusions about the variant can be drawn. She told the Science Media Centre.
She recommended using the word “alert” rather than “alarm” to characterize the current state of affairs until further details were gathered. It was confirmed on Sunday that the first two Omicron cases in Canada had occurred in Ottawa. Dr. Kieran Moore, the state’s chief medical officer, and Deputy Premier Christine Elliott, who is also the health minister, announced the news in a joint statement.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has recognized the Omicron variation, initially referred to as B.1.1.529, as a “variant of concern.” According to preliminary data released by the WHO on Friday, the Omicron version, first detected in South Africa, may boost the risk of reinfection.
Several modifications observed on the variant were worrying, according to the WHO. According to World Health Organization, more research is needed to determine if the new strain is more contagious, whether it produces more severe disease, and if it may evade vaccine.
As the discovery and quick dissemination of the variant serves as a grim warning, the pandemic is far from over. Countries such as Botswana, South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, and Malawi have blocked their borders to travelers from southern Africa, including the European Union, Japan, Australia, the United States, Canada, Rwanda, and many others.