New Variant of COVID Omicron

The new Covid variant Omicron has many more mutations than the Delta variant, according to a first “image” of this new variant initially detected in South Africa, produced and published by the prestigious Bambino Gesu hospital in Rome.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said that the new variant was “of concern”. The WHO said it would take a few weeks to understand the impact of the new variant, as scientists worked to determine how transmissible it was.

The head of the South African Medical Association told the BBC that the cases found so far in South Africa – where only about 24% of the population is fully vaccinated – were not severe, but said investigations into the variant were still at a very early stage.

“The patients are mostly complaining about a sore body and tiredness, extreme tiredness and we see it in the younger generation, it’s not the older people. We’re not talking about patients that might go straight to a hospital and be admitted,” Dr Angelique Coetzee said.

Israel, where the new variant has been confirmed, has decided to ban all foreigners from entering the country from midnight Sunday.

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