Cases of Omicron have been identified in at least nine African countries, and some officials report a surge in delta mutant infections throughout Europe, although the first case appears to be mild. I am.
Countries reporting Omicron include Botswana, Ghana, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
South Africa remains the epicenter of the Omicron outbreak, and experts state that the overwhelming majority of thousands of new cases per day are new variants.
In East Africa, Uganda reported the first seven cases of Omicron on Tuesday.
The variant arrived at Entebbe International Airport on November 29 and was detected in travelers from currently isolated South Africa and Nigeria, said Charles Oralo, director of clinical services.
All travelers have mild symptoms, said Health Minister Jane Roos Assen.
She said five came from Nigeria and two from South Africa.
In southern Africa, Namibia has identified 18 cases of Omicron, none of which have been hospitalized, said state health minister Karumbi Shangula.
Early evidence suggests that Omicron spreads faster, but at first the symptoms appear to be mild, he said.
“The number of cases is increasing, but hospitalization is low,” Shangra said.
Omicron soon became the predominant variant of Namibia, he said.
“Omicron is a new variant, and its effects on Omicron, its behavior, and the orbit of the pandemic are not yet known,” he said.
“The information available shows that current vaccines are still effective in reducing serious illness, hospitalization, and death.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Nigeria confirmed three additional cases of Omicron on Tuesday, increasing the number of confirmed mutations in West African countries to six.
Meanwhile, by the end of this week, the World Health Organization said that one in ten people across Europe had COVID-19 infection, confirmed in laboratory tests.
WHO Regional Director Hans Kluge said in an online press conference broadcast Tuesday that the number of new infections and deaths has more than doubled in the last two months.
“Without vaccination, mortality would have been much worse.”
WHO counts 53 countries in the European region, including Russia and Turkey.
According to WHO statistics, about 90 million people have been infected and about 1.6 million have died in the area.
According to Kruge, the number of new cases is increasing in all age groups and is currently the most observed in the group aged 5-14 years.
By Monday, 432 cases of infection with the Omicron variant had been confirmed in a total of 21 countries in the region, he said.
“Omicron is imminent and on the rise, and we have the right to worry and be cautious,” he said.
He said that the delta variant of coronavirus is the current problem and remains dominant.
“But today we will beat Delta (and it) tomorrow we will beat Omicron.”
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