January 22, 2022

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The WHO warns that Omigron will be more hospitalized because it is highly contagious

A total of 57 countries have already detected cases of the new omigran variant of the corona virus, many of which are mild or mild, according to a report by the World Health Organization (WHO). Warning about the high probability of re-infection Appears to have new strain.

The organization’s weekly epidemiological report emphasizes 212 confirmed cases in 18 EU countries (EU) was present in those with mild or no symptoms.

However, the WHO warns that the Omigron variant may cause less severe events than the Delta (currently major) As feared, if it is highly contagious it may increase hospitalization and mortality And more commonly causes more infections.

Over the past 60 days, 900,000 Covid-19 cases have been analyzed by the GISAID Global Laboratory Network. More than 99% are still caused by the delta variant of the corona virus, And only 713 (0.1%) belong to Omigran.

However, that number Significantly more than the WHO pointed out a week ago (When GISAID detects 14 cases of omigran) and the variation is already greater than the already detected alpha or gamma.

The WHO cites forecasts from the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention, which predict that Omigron will dominate the EU (more than 50% of cases) between January and March 2022, depending on the extent of the spread. With.

The WHO points to a strong increase in cases in the region of South Africa where Omigron was first diagnosed: in South Africa, the number of cases doubles in a week (111%), but in Swatini (1,990%), Zimbabwe (1,361%), Mozambique (1,207%), and Namibia (681%). Lesotho (219%).

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