According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the Omicron coronavirus variant poses a high risk of infection outbreaks around the world.
The WHO warned on Monday that the variation might have serious effects in some areas.
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the organization’s head, repeated his plea for a global campaign to supply vaccines to impoverished countries.
The variety was discovered in South Africa earlier this month, and preliminary research indicates that it has a higher risk of re-infection. South Africa has been praised for immediately revealing the variation.
Dr Tedros said on Monday that scientists all across the world are trying to figure out if the new variety is linked to increased transmission, the danger of reinfection, and how it interacts with vaccines. He went on to say that no deaths have yet been attributed to the new version.
A number of countries, including Canada, the United Kingdom, Portugal, Belgium, and the Netherlands, have already recorded cases.
The new variation has spurred the United Kingdom, the European Union, and the United States to impose a travel embargo on Southern African countries, a decision that South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has criticised.
At midnight on Tuesday, Japan will close its borders to new foreign visitors while Australia has put on hold its long-awaited plan to reduce border restrictions.
International students and skilled workers with visas were supposed to be able to enter Australia again on Wednesday, but that has been postponed until the 15th of December.
Foreigners are likewise prohibited from entering Israel. To assist in stopping a new wave caused by Omicron, Covid booster vaccinations will be administered to all over-18s in the UK.
The US has followed suit, with Vice President Joe Biden advising citizens to “get your booster.”He also advised wearing masks indoors.
Mr Biden, on the other hand, stated that he does not expect any additional US travel restrictions or lockdowns at this time. According to research from Johns Hopkins University, there have been more than 261 million illnesses and five million deaths worldwide since the pandemic began in 2020…..