The WHO has revealed that no one has yet died from the “super mutant” strain of Covid Omicron amid growing fears of a Christmas lockdown.
It comes as cases of the new strain have been recorded in a total of 38 countries, with the US and Australia becoming the latest to report cases.
The WHO has warned it could take weeks to determine how contagious the variant is, whether it causes more severe disease and how effective treatments and vaccines are against it.
“We’re going to get the answers everyone out there needs,” said WHO emergencies director Michael Ryan.
The WHO said on Friday it has yet to see any reports of Omicron-related deaths, but the spread of the new variant has led to warnings that it could cause more than half of all cases. infected with Covid in Europe in the next few months.
The director of the International Monetary Fund, Kristalina Georgieva, said the new variant could also slow the global economic recovery, just as the Delta strain did.
“Even before the arrival of this new variant, we were concerned that the rally, while it continued, was losing some momentum,” she said. “A new variant that can go viral very quickly can dent confidence.”
Earlier this week first case of strain Omicron Covid was discovered in the US.
The individual, who is fully vaccinated, lives in California and has recently traveled to South Africa, where this strain of bacteria was first identified.
Health officials said the person returned to the San Francisco area on November 22 and tested positive for Covid on November 29.
They added that the individual with mild symptoms was improving.
Last week Australia has reported its first cases of Omicron Covid variant as authorities say two foreign visitors to two Sydneys have tested positive for the new variant.
The two passengers were among another group of 14 people arriving in Australia from southern Africa.
They were all asymptomatic and were all vaccinated against COVID-19. The remaining 12 children have been placed in isolation.
ASKING CHRISTMAS LOCKDOWN
Meanwhile, fears of a Christmas lockdown are growing, with experts warning that Covid could ruin the holiday celebration in the “next five years” until it settles into an endemic state.
The UK’s number of infections yesterday reached 50,584 people and 143 deaths, bringing the total number of deaths from the virus since the beginning of the pandemic to 145, 424.
Scientists have estimated that One in every 300 new cases is caused by the mutant super strain Omicron.
There have been 104 cases of Omicron in the UK with more than half are found in double.
The number of Omicron cases in the UK has risen to 134 – including the first confirmed case in Wales.
Experts have warned that Omicron “will become dominant in Great Britain” especially among the unvaccinated.
Professor Christina Pagel, a mathematician and professor of operations studies at University College London, told The Sun: “In January we will most likely have a new dominant variant, which is Omicron, and everything we know about it says it’s worse – we don’t know how much, but it’s worse.
“We have really high case with Delta now, even with the vaccine and our booster program is going pretty well.
“So adding something worse to an already pretty volatile situation, I think it puts pressure on the NHS.
“For the unvaccinated, I think January and February will be the riskiest times of the month since the start of the pandemic, because there will be a lot of infections around and not a lot of measures. protection, and everyone will go out and mix.”
Government advisers have suggested advice to work from home should return in an attempt to stop the spread of Omicron as it could cause a new wave of cases.
The government has extended its boost campaign to 18-39 years old to stop the Omicron infection and protect Britons as much as possible.
Scientists have confirmed that the third dose of jab will be ealthough to protect the British from falling into serious ill health from the Omicron variant.
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