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It spreads very quickly: the Omicron strain was found in 160 countries

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Variant “Omicron” has advantages in growth over the Delta-strain / Collage: “Today”

The world continues to spread coronary virus strain “Omicron”… The Virus has now been confirmed in 106 countries.

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It is reported by the WHO.

Situation in the world

“As of December 21, 2021 (14:00 CET), the Omicron variant has been identified in 106 countries,” the WHO weekly epidemiological bulletin says.

The organization noted that “the overall risk associated with the Omicron option remains very high.”

Omicron is not in the lead

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From October 20 to December 19, “Omicron” was detected in 1.6% of cases during sequencing. The world continues to be dominated by the Delta strain, found during this period in 96% of biomaterial samples.

WHO noted that recent evidence indicates that the Omicron variant has a growth advantage over the Delta strain and is spreading rapidly. This also applies to countries with “high levels of immunity in the population”.

The course of the disease

As for the severity of the course of the disease when infected with “Omicron”, the information on this matter is still “limited”, the bulletin says.

According to preliminary data, the neutralization of the Omicron-strain is reduced in patients who have undergone the “primary vaccination series”, as well as in those who have previously been infected with SARS-CoV-2. In the UK and South Africa, the number of patients hospitalized for coronavirus infection is growing. Because of this, WHO suggests that health systems could be overwhelmed.

Omicron in Ukraine

In Kiev identified the first case of infection with the Omicron coronavirus strain. The chief sanitary doctor of Kiev Sergey Chumak told the site “Today” about this.

“This is a man, he is 41 years old. The patient went to one of the private hospitals in Kiev. His biomaterials were sent to the Public Health Center for sequencing. The Omicron virus strain was installed there,” said the medical doctor.

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Source From: Segodnya

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