Both Italy and Germany reported on Saturday that they discovered cases of the ommicron COVID-19 variant, added to a handful of countries That has found it within their limits.
Two cases of ommicron were found in the southeastern German state of Bavaria, the Ministry of Health confirmed, according to to Reuters. The Ministry of Health said the two people infected with the variant, who the government seemed to imply that they had traveled from South Africa, isolating themselves after entering the country on Nov 24.
Meanwhile, Italy’s National Health Institute announced that a person die traveled from Mozambique to Milan, also found the have new variant, according to Reuters.
During an emergency meeting on On Friday, the World Health Organization (WHO) called the new deformation a variant” of concern” and gave it a Greek name. It was previously known as the B.1.1.529 variant.
The variant was first detected by South African officials who said it was “quite different” from previous variants. It remains not clear how contagious is the ommicron variety.
if of Saturday afternoon, fallen of the new variant had also detected in the United Kingdom, Botswana, Belgium, Hong Kong and Israel.
The White House on Friday announced Which from Monday it would restrict travel from eight African countries, including South Africa, in response to the emergence of the new variant.
“This morning I was informed by my chief medical adviser, Dr Tony Fauci, and the members of our COVID response team, over the Omicron variant, die spreading through southern Africa. As a precaution until we more information, I am ordering Additionally air travel restrictions from South Africa and seven others countries. like us move forward, we will continue to be guided by what the science and my medical team advises,” President BidenJoe BidenHealth in South Africa minister belt to travel bans over new COVID variant ‘wrongly’ Biden attends tree lighting ceremony after day out in Nantucket Senior American Diplomat die Southeast Asia visits to ‘confirm’ relations MORE said in a statement on the announcement.
However, scientists and others have warned: against “knee jerk” comments on countries reporting new emerging variants. some are concerned that countries like South Africa become punished for be transparent over what they detect.
During a live streamed WHO Q&A session, Mike Ryan, the executive director of WHO’s health emergency program, said before the emergency meeting that it was important that “we remain focused on understanding and characterizing the problem and not punish countries for excellent scientific doing work and actually be open and transparent over what they see and find.”
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