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WHO Classifies 'Omicron' As COVID-19 Variant Of Concern

BP World Bureau | Nov 27 2021 09:17:16 AM
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GENEVA: World Health Organization (WHO) declared the recently-discovered B.1.1.529 strain of COVID-19 to be a variant of concern and renamed it Omicron. It was first detected in Southern Africa. 

WHO classified it along with it into the most-troubling category of COVID-19 variants along with the globally-dominant Delta variant of the virus.

"Based on the evidence presented indicative of a detrimental change in Covid-19 epidemiology... the WHO has designated B.1.1.529 as a variant of concern (VOC), named Omicron," said UN health agency. 

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This variant is believed to have originated in South Africa this month and brought on a fresh increase in the number of infections. 

This variant is seen in people traveling to Belgium, Hong Kong and Israel as well as in southern Africa.

Dr Anthony Fauci, the US's infectious disease expert, said that the omicron variant is thought to be more transmissible and resistant to vaccines.