WHO warns for Omicron: Spread to 52 countries, hospitalizations may increase
WHO announced that the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, which causes concern in the world, has been seen in at least 57 countries so far, and noted that hospitalizations may increase.
In the weekly Kovid-19 report published by the World Health Organization (WHO), it was stated that more than 4 million Kovid-19 cases were reported worldwide between November 29 and December 5, and this figure was the same as the previous week.
In the report, however, it was stated that there was a 10 percent increase compared to the previous week, when 52,500 people lost their lives last week.
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According to WHO, as of December 5, the total confirmed Kovid-19 cases worldwide reached approximately 265 million, while the number of people who lost their lives in the epidemic exceeded 5.2 million.
SEEN IN 57 COUNTRIES
In the report, which stated that the omicron variant of Kovid-19, which caused concern in the world, has been seen in 57 countries so far, “Most of the cases detected in these countries are currently travel-related, but this may change as more information is obtained. Its severity is equal to or potentially more severe than the delta variant. Even if it’s low, hospitalizations are expected to increase if more people become infected.” statement was included.
‘AVAILABLE VACCINES PROTECT AGAINST OMICRON’
On the other hand, WHO Emergencies Program Director Mike Ryan said in a statement that current vaccines provide protection against the omicron variant.
Maria Van Kerkhove, the leader of the WHO’s fight against Kovid-19 team, called on all countries to continue to apply the current Kovid-19 vaccines until the full results appear, that the research on the omicron variant will take a few weeks.
In the statement made by WHO on 3 December, it was announced that omicron variants were detected in 38 countries in 6 regions of the organization.