- WHO called countries to vaccinate their population as soon as possible
- Data suggests, Omicron not more lethal than Delta: WHO
- WHO also cautioned & said more data is needed to draw any conclusions
New Delhi: The World Health Oraganization has said that the Omicron variant of coronavirus develops milder form of disease than Delta variant. Speaking with the reporters, WHO Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, “It is still too early to draw any conclusions. Emerging Data from South Africa suggests that there is increased risk of reinfection with Omicron but more data is needed to draw firmer conclusion.”
He also said that the variant has now spread to 57 countries, and it appears to be more transmissible than previous virus strains. Dr Tedros added, “We can expect this number to grow continuously.”
The World Health Organization also warned that the Omicron variant of the coronavirus may change the course of the pandemic. It called on countries to vaccinate as fast as possible and keep measures in place to protect people from infection. Dr Tedros said,
We can prevent Omicron becoming a global crisis. This virus is changing, but our collective resolve must not. Certain features of Omicron, including its global spread and large number of mutations, suggest it could have a major impact on the course of the pandemic.
In India, where currently 23 cases have been reported, the government sources have said that currently there is no evidence that Omicron causes more hospitalisations and death or is more lethal than Delta, which drove the deadly second wave of the Covid pandemic earlier this year.
The sources asserted, “There is nothing to show so far that Omicron is more dangerous than Delta.”
The government also said that for now, there would be no changes in the government’s policy for testing and treatment. In the next 10 days, the government is likely to come up with a clearer assessment of Omicron, its symptoms and its effect, said officials.
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