No Omicron-Related Deaths Reported Yet, WHO Says

No due date related to Omicron, according to Omicron, reported. WHO

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GENEVA | The World Health Organization currently has no information on a possible death linked to the new Omicron variant of the virus giving COVID-19, a spokesperson for the organization in Geneva said on Friday./strong>

“I have not seen any information reporting Omicron-related deaths,” Christian Lindmeier said during a regular UN press briefing in Geneva.

As more countries test to try to detect the new variant, “we'll have more cases, more information, and – although I hope not – possibly deaths,” he said. underlined.

The new variant, classified as worrying by the WHO, was first detected in southern Africa but since the South African health authorities alerted the WHO on November 24, infections with Omicron have been observed in around 30 countries. on all continents.

While outside southern Africa, the first infections could generally be traced to people who had traveled to the region, the first cases of local transmission are now appearing in the States -United or Australia for example.

The World Health Organization (WHO) considers the “probability of Omicron to spread globally” “high”, although many unknowns remain: contagiousness, effectiveness of existing vaccines, severity of symptoms.

< p> But the spokesperson insisted on recalling that most cases of COVID-19 are caused by the Delta variant, to give a little perspective.

“The restrictions put in place in many countries just two weeks ago” was due to “an increase in the number of cases linked to Delta. This should not be forgotten, ”he insisted.

Cases are exploding all over Europe, where Germany, after Austria, is considering making vaccination compulsory.

The WHO estimates for the moment that the vaccines remain effective in protecting against the most serious cases but it will take several weeks to have a much more precise picture of the potential impact of Omicron.

“Preliminary data seems to point to more contagiousness, but basically that's all we know for now,” said Lindmeier.

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