According to the WHO, vaccination, not travel restrictions, is the most effective way to combat Omicron.

The World Health Organization (WHO) prompted countries to boost healthcare capacity and vaccinate their people to fight a swell in Covid-19 cases driven by the Omicron variant and said trip checks could buy time but alone weren’t the answer.

Despite shutting its borders to travel from high-threat southern African countries, Australia came the rearmost country to report community transmission of the new variant, a day after it was planted in five US countries.

Omicron has gained a base in Asia, Africa, the Americas, the Middle East and Europe and has reached seven of the nine businesses of South Africa, where it was first linkedNumerous governments have tensed trip rules to keep the variant out.

“Border controls can buy time but every country and every community must prepare for new surges in cases,” Takeshi Kasai, the WHO’s Western Pacific directortold a media briefing.
“People shouldn’t only calculate on border measures. What’s most important is to prepare for these variants with implicit high transmissibility. So far the information available suggests we do not have to change our approach.”

Omicron has been listed as a”variant of concern“by the WHO and scientists are still gathering data to establish how severe and contagious it’s just as corridor of Europe have been hit by surges of downtime infections by the further familiar Delta variant.

Michelle Groome, a scientist with South Africa’s National Institute for Communicable Conditionssaid the country was facing an unknown rise in infections due to Omicron.
Nearly 264 million people have been reported to be infected by the coronavirus since it was first detected in central China in late 2019 and5.48 million people have failedaccording to a Reuters census.

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