The global risk of the new omicron variant is “very high,” the World Health Organization said Monday, as more countries reported situations of the variant that has sparked worldwide concern that there is more pandemic experiencing ahead.
As situations of the variant are confirmed around the world, an increasing number of nations are tightening their borders despite pleas for caution and outbursts of dismay from some. Effective Monday, the U.S. has restricted travel from South Africa and seven nearby countries: Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi.
In advice to its member states, the U.N. agency urged them to accelerate COVID-19 vaccination coverage “as rapidly as possible,” particularly among high-priority groups, and to enhance surveillance and sequencing efforts.
The extent of the actual spread of the omicron variant around the world, however, nevertheless remains unclear as countries discover new situations each day. The U.S. has however to clarify any situations but the government’s leading infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, and other experts have warned that it could already have made it to America.
Despite the global alarm there is nevertheless little understanding about the variant and how virulent it may be.
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