New Delhi: Some definite features of the new Omicron variant, including its mutation and global spread, implies that it can have a great impact on the COVID19 pandemic course, World Health Organisation (WHO) chief stated.
As of now, Omicron is recorded in 57 countries, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Director-General of WHO warned, adding that the latest variant can spread more rapidly than the previous one.
“We are now starting to see a consistent picture of the rapid increase in transmission (rates), although for now the exact rate of increase relative to other variants remains difficult to quantify,” he stated
“Emerging data from South Africa suggest increased risk of re-infection with Omicron, but more data are needed to draw firmer conclusions,” he further added.
Few evidences suggest Omicron have milder symptoms than Delta variant of COVID19, although it’s still quite early according to WHO for making any final conclusions.
The WHO has called on all countries to increase surveillance, testing and sequencing, and to submit more data to the WHO Clinical Data Platform using an updated online case reporting form.