The world has not completely recovered from the unprecedented Covid crisis yet. Now South Africa is on the hit list of Covid SARS-CoV-2, WHO designated B.1.1.529 a variant classed 'matter of concern' and named OMICRON.
WHO said, this variant is the most horrific and dangerous among all earlier variants. It had a large number of mutations, and early evidence suggested an increased infection risk.
It was first reported to WHO from South Africa on 24 November and has also been identified in Botswana, Belgium, Hong Kong, and Israel.
Several countries around the world have decided to ban or restrict travel from South Africa.
US officials said the flight from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Mozambique, and Malawi has been restricted.
What WHO says about the OMICRON variant?
* This Variant has a large number of mutant,
Some of which are concerning.
* Preliminary evidence suggests an increased risk of infection with this variant, as compared to other variants.
* The number of cases of this variant appears to be increasing in almost all provinces in South Africa.
* Current SARS-CoV-2, PCR diagnostics continue to detect this variant.
* Several labs have indicated that for one widely used PCR test, one of three target genes is not detected (called s-gene dropout or s-gene target failure) and this test, therefore, is used as a marker for this variant, pending sequencing confirmation using this approach, this variant has been detected at a faster rate than the previous surge in infection.