The World Health Organization (WHO) said the new COVID-19 variant Omicron is very transmissible and that every country should be preparing for a surge in cases.
“Every country and every community must prepare for new surges in cases,” said Dr. Takeshi Kasai, WHO regional director for the Western Pacific.
Kasai said however that there should be no panic because no new strategies need to be made.
WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan also said that Omicron is very transmissible would pose no problems if proper precautions are taken.
“How worried should we be? We need to be prepared and cautious, not panic, because we’re in a different situation to a year ago,” said Swaminathan.
Omicron has already been detected in more than 30 countries and prompted flight bans in several countries.
There are no studies yet that have shown if Omicron causes fatal symptoms but it could bypass immunities gained from earlier COVID-19 infections.
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