World Health Organization Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that Omicron is spreading rapidly. 77 countries have reported Omicron. Omicron has reached most countries, even if it hasn’t been reported yet.
On Tuesday, WHO said that Omicron, the new variant of covid-19 is highly transmissible and is spreading rapidly than the previous covid-19. It is less of a serious disease.
At a press conference Tedros said that they are concerned that people are taking it as mild. Even if it is not a serious disease, the number of cases will be increased. Moreover, the condition is more dangerous as the health system is unprepared.
He pointed out that vaccines alone would not get any country out of the crisis. Masks, distancing, ventilation or hand hygiene are effective ways to prevent it.
Tedros added that WHO is not against booster. It is against inequity. It’s a question of prioritization. Providing booster to the people at low risk of the severe disease or death simply threatened the lives of those at high risk still waiting for first doses.
Instead of providing the booster dose to the persons at high risk, will help to save more people than providing first doses to those at low risk.
The first report of Omicron came from South Africa in November. The number of the affected are increasing in the country. President Cyril Ramaphosa has been identified as positive for Covid-19, and is currently isolating with mild symptoms.
Many countries restricted travel to South Africa and the neighboring countries. But the disease is rapidly spreading to more countries.
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