Increasing Omicron instances might lead to more hazardous variations , warns WHO
Omicron may be able to overcome the epidemic and restore normalcy due to its lower intensity, according to experts. However, according to Smallwood, over 100 million COVID cases have been registered in Europe since the pandemic began, with over 5 million additional cases enrolled in the last week of 2021.Author : Anmolika Saxena
The Globe Health Organization (WHO) has issued a new warning, stating that the rising number of Omicron cases throughout the world may raise the possibility of newer and more hazardous strains emerging.
While the new Omicron variety is spreading like wildfire over the globe and does not seem to be as dangerous as first feared, WHO Senior Emergency Officer Catherine Smallwood has warned that an increase in infection rates might have the opposite impact.
“The more Omicron spreads, the more likely it is to be transmitted and replicate. Currently, Omicron is deadly and potentially deadly … probably a little less than Delta. What’s next? Who will tell you to throw it away,” Smallwood stated in an interview, according to a California Times report.
Omicron may be able to overcome the epidemic and restore normalcy due to its lower intensity, according to experts. However, according to Smallwood, over 100 million COVID cases have been registered in Europe since the pandemic began, with over 5 million additional cases enrolled in the last week of 2021.
“We are at a very dangerous stage and we are seeing a very significant increase in infection rates in Western Europe, the full impact of which is not yet clear,” she stated.
The warning comes as French researchers have discovered a new Covid strain, most likely of Cameroonian origin, and have given it the working name 'IHU.'
According to a yet-to-be peer-reviewed research backed by the French government, the novel B.1.640.2 variation from the lineage has infected 12 persons in the nation. There are 46 mutations and 37 deletions in it.
On Tuesday, France recorded a new daily viral case high of 271,686 as omicron infections spread throughout the nation, putting a strain on medical personnel and threatening to disrupt transportation, schools, and other services.
The French government is attempting to avert a second economically devastating lockdown by rushing a vaccination law through parliament in the hopes that it would be sufficient to safeguard hospitals.
Meanwhile, according to the latest estimates from US health authorities, the omicron variety was responsible for 95% of new coronavirus infections last week. The latest projections from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were released on Tuesday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) utilizes genomic monitoring data to forecast which COVID-19 viral variants are causing the most new infections.
According to the most recent estimations, the most prevalent coronavirus variant has shifted dramatically in only one month. Beginning in late June, the delta variety was the most common cause of infection in the United States. As of the end of November, the CDC reported that more than 99.5 percent of coronaviruses were delta.