Cases of infection with the omicron strain have been detected in at least 23 countries. This was stated by the Director General of the World Health Organization Tedros Adan Ghebreyesus, his words transfers TASS.
Earlier, due to the spread of the omicron strain, the governments of several countries closed their borders. A complete ban on international travel will not prevent the new strain from spreading, Gebreyesus said.
On the eve of Russia introduced quarantine for travelers from countries with a high risk of omicron infection. Strain B.1.1.529, which received this name, was first discovered in South Africa in November this year. WHO called omicron a “worrying” option.
The organization urged countries to optimize public health responses in the face of a pandemic, and to ensure immediate vaccination of people at risk.
The Insider talked with molecular biologist Konstantin Severinov about how much the new strain can be more dangerous than the previous ones and whether the existing vaccines can cope with it.