Omicron found in almost 90 countries

12:27, 19 December 2021
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A variant of the COVID-19 Omicron has already been detected in 89 countries of the world, the World Health Organization reported.

According to the WHO, the number of detected cases of infection doubles every one and a half to three days. This variant is spreading rapidly even in countries with high herd immunity to COVID-19.

However, the WHO reported that there is still no sufficient amount of data on the severity of the disease that causes omicron. The British scientists claimed that Omicron can be accompanied by a loss of appetite.

Omicron was detected at the end of November in southern Africa. According to preliminary data, due to a large number of mutations, this variant is more infectious than other previous strains of COVID-19, and vaccinations against it are less effective.

Some countries were forced to impose new packages of restriction measures. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced the introduction of a hard lockdown in the country from December 19 to January 14 amid the rapid spread of the Omicron strain.

Paris authorities have canceled the traditional launch of fireworks on December 31 as part of measures to prevent the spread of the Omicron COVID-19 strain.