Soumya Swaminathan, chief scientist at the World Health Organization (WHO), said India also needed to be wary of a new type of coronavirus, Omicron. He fears the new strain could be much more contagious than the delta identified in India. The scientist advised to maintain the hygiene rules including wearing mask and vaccination to deal with the new type. Swaminathan said this in an interview given to NDTV.
A new type of corona was identified in South Africa last Tuesday. In addition to South Africa, new such findings have been made in Botswana, Israel, Hong Kong, Belgium, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Germany and Italy. The WHO has given a new name to the corona, ‘Omicron’. The company described the type as “worrying”. The idea is that it is far more contagious than all previous types of corona. However, experts have not yet confirmed whether the Omicron is more or less deadly than other types of corona.
Asked about comparing Omicron with other types of corona, Swaminathan said, “We need to do more research on new features.”
The most highly contagious delta species, recently identified in India, caused panic around the world. Swaminathan said Omicron could be much more contagious than Delta; However, it is not yet time to say anything definite about this. He hopes to know more about the Omicron type in a few days.
Scientists at the WHO think that a science-based strategy is needed to fight Omicron. Immunization and public health protection measures still need to be prioritized. Omicron can be a warning to maintain proper hygiene, he thinks.
Swaminathan thinks that the use of mask is very important to prevent corona. He says the mask is called a “pocket-carrying antidote” and is very effective. It is important to use a mask, especially if you are in a confined room. In addition, vaccination of all adults, avoidance of public gatherings, unveiling of new genomes and monitoring of abnormalities should be continued.
Swaminathan does not see the travel ban as an effective solution to the new type of identification. “We have to make decisions based on risk assessment,” he said. Corona could not be restrained by the earlier travel ban. ‘He thinks the travel ban should be temporary. The scientist also stressed the need for regular review of the decision to ban.
Concerns have been raised about the new type of corona. Countries around the world are on high alert. Countries in Asia and Europe have started taking steps like travel bans and various restrictions in South African countries. Countries are taking precautionary measures after the World Health Organization (WHO) called the new strain of coronavirus “worrying”, according to a BBC report.
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Hundreds of passengers arriving in Amsterdam from South Africa have already been tested. Authorities in the Netherlands say 61 new types of corona have been identified so far. They are being kept for quarantine at a nearby hotel. More suspected infections were reported in Germany and the Czech Republic on Saturday.
According to the BBC, Omicron of the two has also been identified in the UK.
According to the Greek alphabet, the World Health Organization has named a new species in South Africa, Omicron. Initially it was named B.1.1.529. The new type of corona was announced as a matter of concern after an emergency virtual meeting of the WHO Technical Advisory Group.
It was first identified in South Africa last Wednesday. The WHO says there are many more such mutations in the corona. Some of these are worrisome. The World Health Organization (WHO) says it will take several weeks to test the newly identified strain.
According to the BBC, a scientist in the United Kingdom has described the new variant of the Corona as ‘terrible’. Another scientist said they had never seen such a terrifying variant.
This variant was first found in Botswana, according to the scientific journal Nature. It was then identified in South Africa. Soon after, it was identified in Hong Kong. However, this information was provided by the country only after the identification of this variant in South Africa. They said it could spread further.
Many questions have been raised about Omicron. But the answers to these questions are rarely known.
Regarding this variant, Tulio de Oliveria, director of the African Center for Epidemic Response and Innovation, said that it has changed abnormally and is different from any other variant. De Oliveria said that in all, the gene pattern has changed about 50 times to form a new omikron type.
The United Kingdom has so far banned the entry of citizens of South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho and Swatini.
U.S. officials say citizens of South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Swatini, Mozambique and Malawi will not be able to enter the country. The European Union has also imposed sanctions on its citizens.
The European Union (EU), an alliance of 28 European countries, has already temporarily banned flights to some countries in southern Africa. Australia has imposed a 14-day ban on citizens of nine countries. In addition, Canada, Europe and Arab countries have imposed travel restrictions on South Africa. Japan, India, Iran, Brazil, Thailand have announced various measures. Meanwhile, the country’s health ministry called the hasty travel bans one country after another “unfair” and against World Health Organization (WHO) standards, AFP reported.
South African Health Minister Joe Fala expressed his displeasure at a news conference on Friday. He also alleged that some leaders were looking for ‘scapegoats’. However, Joe Fala did not name anyone. Referring to the sanctions, he said, “We think some of the reactions are completely unreasonable.”