WHO says no Omicron deaths yet, as variant spreads worldwide

WHO says no Omicron deaths yet, as variant spreads worldwide

Who Omicron Deaths Worldwide

2021-12-04 01:34:00 PM

WHO says no Omicron deaths yet, as variant spreads worldwide

The US and Australia became the latest countries to confirm locally transmitted cases of the variant, as Omicron infections pushed SA's total cases past three million.

Ridhwaan Suliman, a senior researcher at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, spoke with eNCA's Sally Burdett about the fourth wave of COVID-19 infections in South Africa. Courtesy of#DStv403GENEVA - The Omicron variant has been detected in 38 countries but no deaths have yet been reported, the WHO said on Friday, as authorities worldwide rushed to stem the heavily mutated Covid-19 strain's spread amid warnings that it could damage the global economic recovery.

The United States and Australia became the latest countries to confirm locally transmitted cases of the variant, as Omicron infections pushed South Africa's total cases past three million.The World Health Organization has warned it could take weeks to determine how infectious the variant is, whether it causes more severe illness and how effective treatments and vaccines are against it.

"We're going to get the answers that everybody out there needs," WHO emergencies director Michael Ryan said.READ: SA records 16,055 new COVID-19 infections, 25 deathsThe WHO said on Friday it had still not seen any reports of deaths related to Omicron, but the new variant's spread has led to warnings that it could cause more than half of Europe's Covid cases in the next few months. headtopics.com

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The new variant could also slow global economic recovery, just as the Delta strain did, International Monetary Fund chief Kristalina Georgieva said on Friday."Even before the arrival of this new variant, we were concerned that the recovery, while it continues, is losing somewhat momentum," she said.

"A new variant that may spread very rapidly can dent confidence."Omicron is the 'ultimate evidence' of the danger of unequal global vaccination rates, Red Cross head Francesca Rocca saysAFP | Natalia KOLESNIKOVAA preliminary study by researchers in South Africa, where the variant was first reported on November 24, suggests it is three times more likely to cause reinfections compared to the Delta or Beta strains.

The emergence of Omicron was the"ultimate evidence" of the danger of unequal global vaccination rates, Red Cross head Francesca Rocca said.South African doctors said there had been a spike in children under five admitted to hospital since Omicron emerged, but stressed it was too early to know if young children were particularly susceptible.

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"The incidence in those under-fives is now second-highest, and second only to the incidence in those over 60," said Wassila Jassat from the National Institute for Communicable Diseases.In the US, two cases involved residents with no recent international travel history -- showing Omicron is already circulating inside the country. headtopics.com

Spread of the coronavirusAFP | Simon MALFATTO"This is a case of community spread," the Hawaii Health Department said.US President Joe Biden on Thursday unveiled his plans to battle Covid-19 during the winter, with new testing requirements for travellers and a surge in vaccination efforts.

- 'Kick in the nuts' -All incoming travellers will need to test negative within a day of their flights, and rapid tests that cost $25 will be covered by insurance and distributed free to the uninsured.Rising infections of the Delta variant had already left businesses fearing another grim Christmas

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AFP | Odd ANDERSENAustralia on Friday reported three students in Sydney had tested positive for the variant, despite a ban on non-citizens entering the country and restrictions on flights from southern Africa, with multiple countries rushing to limit travel from the region in the past week.

"It's quite a kick in the nuts," said Sabine Stam, who runs a South African tour company and whose customers are demanding refunds."Everyone is too scared to set a new travel date," she said.In Norway, officials said at least 13 people who contracted Covid-19 after an office Christmas party in Oslo last week had the Omicron variant -- though so far they have only had mild symptoms, city health official Tine Ravlo told AFP. headtopics.com

The WHO has warned of a 'toxic mix' of low vaccination and testing ratesAFP | PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRABut the government ushered in restrictions in greater Oslo after fears of the cluster surfaced.On Friday, Malaysia also reported a first Omicron infection in a foreign student arriving from South Africa on November 19. Sri Lanka also announced its first case, a citizen returning from South Africa.

Russia's federal statistics agency Rosstat, meanwhile, said that nearly 75,000 people died of coronavirus in the country in October, making it the deadliest month of the pandemic.- Snogging discouraged -The new variant poses a major challenge to ending the pandemic.

Rising Delta cases had already forced European governments to reintroduce mandatory mask-wearing, social distancing, curfews or lockdowns, leaving businesses fearing another grim Christmas.Belgian authorities said on Friday that primary schools would close a week early for the Christmas holidays.

Germany's regional leaders agreed new measures including a ban on fireworks at new year parties to discourage large gatherings.New Delhi residents react after first Omicron cases found in IndiaAFP | Atish PATELIn the UK, ministers have been expressing divergent opinions, not only on the idea of hosting parties, but also on the kind of conduct deemed acceptable.

"For what it's worth, I don't think there should be much snogging under the mistletoe," said one minister, Therese Coffey.

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Great news. May it hold up. Us unvaccinated should be dying like flies according to vaxxers but we still stand strong... 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 manje nina niyithathaphi le Because its Flu.. its always been Flu. Why doesn't WHO tell people what meds to take ? And CyrilRamaphosa and his people are forcing VaccineMandate on people. Stop this rubbish!

Omicron is that guy who looks dangerous but he's harmless in real life. So where is the rise in deaths coming from? Or are the numbers cooked?

WHO says research on transmissibility of Omicron under wayThe Omicron coronavirus variant has been detected in 38 countries around the world. Can they explain this 🤷‍♂️🤦‍♂️

I am amazed by people. If there are no deaths, people say its a lie. If there are deaths they say its a lie. Jesus, what the fuck do yall want? I think it is time for a reality check will covid be stopped two years and it's still mutating No real answers SA government scamm people Wow, no death from OMICRON at all, not even among the unvaccinated big family!! Quite encouraging indeed! Thank you WHO for telling us this raw truth!🤔

So which variant is busy killing South Africans? 😂😂 never been so confused. So the deaths in SA avelaphi? Manje Laba balana ekhaya bona bathi cha kuyafiwa umkhroni ,ibaphi abafayo Kanti yo Gee I wonder why 🙄 Tell WHO to go fuck themselves.

Fast-spreading Omicron leaves Delta in its wake in GautengThe Omicron coronavirus variant is spreading faster than the Delta strain or any of the earlier mutations in Gauteng, an adviser to the provincial government said.. Hahahhaha the ZeroMicron is non existent. LoL try again later. Tsek lona We want it to increase pace, yenza kancane and well asinandaba nalomsangano wenu

India seek clarity on South Africa tour with Omicron spreadIndia skipper Virat Kohli said his side were seeking clarity about the upcoming tour of South Africa, which is in doubt over the spread of the Omicron variant.

WHO has no reports yet of Omicron Covid deathsThe World Health Organization said it had not seen any reports of deaths relating to the new Omicron variant of Covid-19. WHO has created panic among the world with the naming... uRamaphosa ubephapha nje This numbers on our media television that shows deaths in RSA where do they come from is it from Delta? If so Delta is no more. Who's fooling who?

POLL | Has the Omicron variant changed your travel plans?The discovery of the Covid-19 variant Omicron has left many travellers hanging, with a steady increase in travel bans since it was flagged a 'variant of concern'. Plus ke December 🤣🤣🤣

Steepest Covid rise to date as Omicron spreads in all provinces, says ministerThe current wave of Covid-19 fuelled by Omicron is seeing mainly mild cases in those who are vaccinated, but it shows “a very steep rise - steeper than the rise and curve from previous waves.” I blame elections He must resign, as a country we need a minister who say fuck this covid and stop reporting it.. Hahhahahahahaa and the Delta is relaxing on the Minister's lap watching how the propaganda Vaccine Terrorist Squad get diarea and headaches of the people in all nine provinces resisting the vaccines.