Because of its greater transmissibility and potential resistance to vaccinations, the Omicron type of coronavirus is feared. The new variation has been found in more than a dozen countries since it was first discovered in southern Africa earlier this month.
A number of nations have imposed travel bans on Africa, which its government has described as “knee-jerk and unwarranted.” Flights to that portion of the world have been halted by the United States, the United Kingdom, and a number of other countries.
Meanwhile, two persons in Canada were diagnosed with Omicron on Sunday. On Sunday, France’s health minister announced that eight additional Omicron cases had been discovered in the country.
The fifth wave of the coronavirus epidemic has hit France, with more than 31,000 cases reported as of Sunday. The majority of them are in hospital critical care units (ICUs).
Israel, Hong Kong, and Belgium were among the first countries Omicron entered.
The following is a complete list of nations where cases have been documented so far:
- South Africa
- Hong Kong
- United Kingdom
- The Netherlands
- Czech Republic
The symptoms of Omicron, according to a South African specialist who was one of the first to suspect a distinct coronavirus strain, are so far minimal and can be treated at home.
Unlike Delta, patients have not complained of loss of smell or taste, and there has been no significant decline in oxygen levels with the new variation, according to Dr. Angelique Coetzee, chair of the South African Medical Association.
The novel variety has also brought attention to significant discrepancies in immunization rates around the world. According to medical and human rights organizations, less than 7% of people in impoverished nations have gotten their first COVID-19 shot, despite the fact that many rich countries are delivering third-dose boosters.