World Health Organization Raises Concerns Over COVID-19 Omicron as Variant Continues Rapid Global Spread

WHO has warned that the Omicron COVID-19 variant that was first discovered in South Africa poses a serious threat due to its large number of mutations that might be uncontrollable as it continues to spread in various countries.

Head of the South African Medical Association, Dr. Angelique Coetzee said that patients exhibited mild and unusual symptoms when affected by the Omicron variant.

“It presents mild disease with symptoms being sore muscles and tiredness for a day or two not feeling well. So far, we have detected that those infected do not suffer a loss of taste or smell. They might have a slight cough. There are no prominent symptoms. Of those infected some are currently being treated at home,”  said Coetzee.

So far, Omicron has already reached as far as: the Netherlands, Denmark, Belgium, Botswana, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, and the United Kingdom.

Dutch health authorities have already confirmed that 13 cases were detected while there were also two recent cases from Australia.

The recent cases were all found in plane passengers who came from South Africa. 

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