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Covid-19: Omicron, the new variant that worries the world

2021-11-26T20:29:03.030Z

DECRYPTION - As Europe struggles to stem the new winter wave of Covid, the announcement of the discovery of a new "worrying" variant in South Africa has had the effect of an electric shock. What exactly do we know about B 1.1.529 at this stage?



Since South Africa's announcement on Thursday of the discovery of a worrying new variant, panic has spread around the world like wildfire.

The World Health Organization classified it Thursday as

"worrying"

and gave it its official name: the Greek letter Omicron.

The newcomer has cause for concern: an unusual accumulation of mutations that can both reduce the effectiveness of our immune defenses and increase its contagiousness.

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Covid-19: B.1.1.529, this disturbing variant identified in South Africa

South Africa very quickly sounded the alert, just 36 hours after the identification of the first alarming signs: a skyrocketing Covid cases among young people in the Gauteng region (North).

A sequencing campaign quickly confirmed the presence of a new variant.

A few cases have been identified in Botswana, a traveler returning from South Africa exported the new virus to Hong Kong, Israel announced that it had identified three cases on its soil (including one returning from Malawi) and Belgium, a woman

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Source: lefigaro

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