“Omicron” is expanding.. America and Australia record unexpected cases, and scientists reveal the infection rate of the new mutant
The United States and Australia detected local infections in Omicron yesterday and Friday; This increases fears about the new mutation of the Corona virus, which is now dominating other mutations in southern Africa, and is becoming the most prevalent in Europe as well.
At a time when dozens of countries announced the imposition of new measures and restrictions to limit the spread of the new mutant, Germany announced that it was considering imposing compulsory vaccination against Corona.
The US state of New York recorded 5 confirmed infections in Omicron yesterday, Thursday, while one injury was recorded in Minnesota, and another in Hawaii, which brings the total number of injuries with this mutated mutant in the United States to 9.
In Minnesota, the infected person had traveled to New York but had not traveled abroad. In Hawaii, the patient had not received the vaccine against Covid-19, and had not traveled abroad, which shows that the mutant Omicron has begun to spread among the population in the United States. The Hawaii Ministry of Health confirmed – in a statement – that it was a “local infection case.”
And Australia announced today, Friday, that it had detected the first infection with Omicron in a student who had not traveled abroad; This indicates that the mutant has begun to spread in Australian territory.
Malaysia joined the list of countries that detected the first infection with the new Corona mutant, and the Ministry of Health indicated that the first infection on its soil with the new strain of the virus was for a foreign visitor from South Africa who had arrived in Malaysia via Singapore on November 19 last.
While the Health Authority in Britain announced that 54,000 cases of coronavirus had been recorded, which is the highest daily infection level recorded in the country since last July, and indicated that the total number of infections with the new mutant Omicron rose to 42.
The World Health Organization said that the possibility of Ommicron spreading globally is “high”, although there is much uncertainty about this mutation in terms of how strong the infection is, the severity of symptoms it causes, and the effectiveness of existing vaccines.
The World Health Organization indicated that information about the new mutant may be available within days, and stressed that there is no need currently to discuss the development of new vaccines to confront it, and the organization also approved the start of negotiations on an international treaty to prevent future epidemics.
The new mutant has become widespread in all continents, with no deaths associated with Omicron so far.
And the Stockholm-based European Center for Disease Prevention and Control said yesterday, Thursday, that the mutant Omicron “could cause more than half of the infections caused by the Corona virus in the European Union within the next few months.”
A study by South African scientists showed that the risk of contracting COVID-19 again is 3 times higher with the omicron mutant than with the beta and delta mutant.
While the discoverer of the Corona Omicron mutant in South Africa, Dr. Angelique Coetzier, said – in an interview with Al Jazeera – that Omicron is rapidly spreading and more dangerous than the Delta mutant, and added that the vaccine provides protection from any severe symptoms.
And in South Africa – where the new mutant was first detected last week – the authorities spoke of an “accelerated” spread of the Corona virus, and Omicron became the dominant mutant.
No mutated version of the Corona virus has ever caused such panic since the emergence of the mutated Delta months ago.
In light of this, strict measures are being announced around the world, as well as travel restrictions.
In Germany, outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel announced yesterday, Thursday, the tightening of restrictions on people who have not received the vaccination against Covid-19, who will no longer be able to enter non-essential stores, restaurants, cultural or entertainment venues, and will also have to limit their direct contact with others.
A bill on compulsory vaccination will be submitted to the German parliament to enter into force next February or March.
European countries decided to tighten health restrictions again, including imposing border measures and banning travel to southern Africa. The United Kingdom imposed mandatory wearing of masks in transport and stores, and France recommended the vaccination of vulnerable children.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres denounced the border closure, describing it as a form of “apartheid” against an insufficiently polluted Africa.
In the face of a large-scale resurgence of the pandemic, US President Joe Biden presented a new plan to combat Covid-19 yesterday, Thursday, but it does not include any drastic or restrictive steps. Foreign travelers will have to submit negative tests they took the day before their departure. Biden has refrained from taking measures that involve significant political risks.