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created Nov 27th 2021, 07:05 by RajeevRajpoot1308159



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Fears that a new, fast-spreading coronavirus variant could potentially be more dangerous than even the Delta variant prompted several countries to impose restrictions on travel from affected regions, and caused stock markets across the globe to crash. By evening, the World Health Organisation (WHO) had designated this variant, B.1.1.529 as a "variant, concern (VOC)", and given it the name Omicron. The variant, which was announced by scientists in South Africa on Thursday, was detected in two more countries, Israel and Belgium. Botswana and Hong Kong are the other countries where the variant has been found. The WHO said about 100 genome sequences of the variant have been reported so far. many of the infected people were fully vaccinated, with at least one person in Israel having also received a third, booster, dose of vaccine. India, which on Friday announced resumption of routine international air services from December 15, said it would step up screening of flyers, especially those from affected countries. In an urgent note to state governments on Thursday, Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan had said the emergence of the new variant had "serious public health implications" and asked them to increase vigilance. The scientific analysis till now suggests that the new variant has been spreading at a rate faster then any other variant, including Delta. The fact that several of the infected people were fully vaccinated, including one with a booster dose, is an indication that his variant also has considerable capability to evade the immune response. This means that this variant is a couse of worry on at least two of the three criteria that are used to assess how dangerous any new variant is. As of now, there is no information on its ability to cause severe disease, the third crucial criteria. "This variant has a number of mutations, some of which are concerning. Preliminary evidence suggests an increased risk of reinfection with this variant as compared to other VOCs," the HOW said in a statement. "The number of cases of this variant appears to be increasing in almost all provinces in South Africa. This variant has

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