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WHO designates new COVID-19 variant ‘Omicron’ as variant of concern

COVID-19 variant as a variant of concern (VOC), the organization announced Friday.The B.1.1.529 variant, now officially called “Omicron” according to the WHO naming system, was first reported by South Africa on Nov. 24, the group said in a press release.

The first known infection with the variant was from a specimen collected on Nov. 9.

Explainer: What is this new COVID-19 variant emerging in South Africa? “This variant has a large number of mutations, some of which are concerning,” the organization wrote.“Preliminary evidence suggests an increased risk of reinfection with this variant, as compared to other VOCs. The number of cases of this variant appears to be increasing in almost all provinces in South Africa.” New COVID-19 variant

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COVID-19 variant as a variant of concern (VOC), the organization announced Friday.The B.1.1.529 variant, now officially called “Omicron” according to the WHO naming system, was first reported by South Africa on Nov. 24, the group said in a press release.
Covid-19 variant B.1.1.529 may be able to bypass one's existing immunity acquired through vaccine or natural infection, reported news agency ANI, quoting an AIIMS doctor.

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