The WHO said that the Omicron variant of the new coronavirus has a large number of genetic mutations. Preliminary evidence shows that compared with other “variable strains of concern”, people who have been infected have a higher risk of re-infection with Omicron; confirmed cases with Omicron are increasing in South Africa The speed is faster than previous waves of epidemics, which means Omicron may have more advantages in spreading. The current virus detection method is still effective for Omicron, but the WHO still needs several weeks to study the impact of Omicron on the new crown vaccine, detection and treatment.
The first known confirmed case of Omicron came from samples collected on November 9. The WHO received a notification of the Omicron variant from South Africa for the first time on November 24. Currently, related confirmed cases have appeared in almost all provinces of South Africa. The Department of Health of Hong Kong also announced on Thursday (25th) two imported cases with B.1.1.529, involving Indian men who arrived in Hong Kong from South Africa and were quarantined at the Regal Airport Hotel, as well as living in the opposite room believed to have been infected by him. guest.
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