If "to date, no death associated with the Omicron variant has been reported," said the WHO on Monday, in a technical document published on Monday, the institution does not hide its deep concern at this news. form of Covid-19, which appeared in South Africa.
While border closures are increasing across the world in an attempt to curb the spread of the new variant, the World Health Organization also believes that it will quickly become complicated to contain Omicron.
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"Given the mutations that could confer escape potential to the immune response as well as possibly give an advantage in terms of transmissibility, the likelihood of Omicron spreading globally is high," said the organization as the list the number of countries where it is detected continues to grow, after the first cases detected in southern Africa in November.
"There could be future peaks of Covid-19"
"Depending on these characteristics, there could be future peaks of Covid-19, which could have severe consequences depending on different factors and in particular where these peaks would occur", added the WHO, which had as of Friday classified the variant as "special concern".
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The organization emphasizes, however, that many unknowns remain about this variant: its contagiousness, whether it is inherent in the mutations observed or whether it is due to the fact that this variant is better able to escape the immune response;
the level of protection conferred by existing anti-Covid vaccines in terms of contagiousness and severity of the disease;
if the variant causes more severe symptoms.