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“Before a new vaccine is released, everyone will be infected with ‘Omicron’”

Remarks by Dr. Hoe-Nam Leung of Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital, Singapore

Passengers departing from Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia on the afternoon of the 1st, are moving by bus for entry and self-quarantine accommodation through Incheon International Airport, when concerns about the spread of Omicron, a novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19) mutant virus, are growing. 2021.12.1 News 1″ style=”padding:0px;margin:0px”>

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Passengers departing from Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia on the afternoon of the 1st, are moving by bus for entry and self-quarantine accommodation through Incheon International Airport, when concerns about the spread of Omicron, a novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19) mutant virus, are growing. 2021.12.1 News 1

Stories from an interview with CNBC
“Considering the high infectivity and transmission power… ”

A new outlook for the novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19) mutant virus Omicron is drawing attention.

It is predicted that Omicron could become the dominant species worldwide within 3 to 6 months before a vaccine is available.

According to the topic of discussion on the 4th, Dr. Leung Hoe-nam of Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital in Singapore, an infectious disease expert, recently made an argument with CNBC in the US that “Omicron will dominate and overwhelm the world within 3 to 6 months.” .

Dr. Leung left a somewhat shocking statement, saying, “Considering the high infectivity and transmission power of Omicron mutations, by the time a vaccine is available, everyone will be infected with Omicron.”

“A vaccine may be developed quickly, but it will take three to six months to see if it provides real immunity,” he said. ” he explained.

Earlier, American pharmaceutical company Moderna predicted that Omicron Boostershot could be released as early as the second quarter of next year.

Dr. Leung also emphasized the importance of vaccination against COVID-19.

“I think three doses of the COVID-19 vaccine can prevent severe cases,” he said. “Many countries still have low vaccination rates.”

On the morning of the 3rd, when the quarantine measures for all inbound travelers started to prevent the influx of additional confirmed cases of Omicron, a new mutant virus of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Vietnamese overseas workers self-quarantine at Incheon International Airport Terminal 1 in Goyang, Gyeonggi-do. They are moving to board the bus heading to the facility.  2021.12.3 Yonhap News

▲ On the morning of the 3rd, when the quarantine measures for all inbound travelers started to prevent the influx of additional confirmed cases of Omicron, a new mutant virus of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Vietnamese overseas workers at Incheon International Airport Terminal 1 They are moving to board the bus heading to the quarantine facility. 2021.12.3 Yonhap News

Omicron spread… South Africa, new confirmed cases increase 6 times in one week

As Omicron spread rapidly, the number of new cases in South Africa soared sixfold in just one week.

South Africa’s health authorities announced on the 3rd (local time) that there were 16,055 new cases of COVID-19, an increase in one day.

This is an increase of nearly 40% from the previous day (11,535 people). Compared to the 25th of last month (2,465 people), right after South Africa first informed the international community of the existence of the omicron mutation, the number of new daily infections increased 6.5 times in just over a week.

Authorities estimate that 75-80% of new confirmed cases are omicron mutation infections.

Omicron fear around the world In South Africa, where the COVID-19 omicron mutation was first reported, it is spreading rapidly, with omicron being predicted to become the dominant species beyond the delta mutation.  Medical staff lying exhausted at the Corona 19 clinic in South Africa AFP/Nature Jekyung

▲ Omicron fear around the world
In South Africa, where the COVID-19 omicron mutation was first reported, it is spreading rapidly, with omicron being predicted to become the dominant species beyond the delta mutation. Medical staff lying exhausted at the Corona 19 clinic in South Africa AFP/Nature Jekyung

South Africa’s Health Minister Joe Pahla said in an online press briefing on the same day that the fourth wave of infections was in progress, and that the increase in the number of confirmed cases was much steeper than the first and third wave of last year and between June and July of this year.

Health Minister Pahla said, “We need to monitor the situation for a week and see what measures will be taken.”

Meanwhile, according to the French news agency AFP the day before, the number of countries and regions where confirmed cases of Omicron mutation were reported increased to 36.

By Kim Chae-hyun, staff reporter [email protected]

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