European Health: The risk of spreading the new mutation is “high” or “very high”


European Health: the risk of the spread of the new mutation


National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

A strain infected with elements of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.

The European Health Commission announced that the risk of the spread of the new mutation of the Corona virus that causes “Covid-19” infection in Europe is “high or very high.”

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This comes against the background of monitoring the rapid spread of the new “B.1.1.529” strain, which raised widespread fears in the world and resulted in a number of countries taking the decision to stop flights with South Africa and its neighboring countries.

“The overall level of risk created by SARS-CoV-2 omicron for the European Union and the European Economic Area is estimated from high to very high,” the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statement.

The first infection with this strain was recorded in Botswana, in a South African citizen, where the largest number of patients was monitored, amounting to about 80 injured.

This copy carries twice the number of mutations in the “delta” strain, among which are associated with avoiding the immune response resulting from both previous infection and vaccination, as well as mutations associated with increased infection.

On Friday, the World Health Organization classified the new strain, which was called “Omicron”, as “worrying”, and it is the fifth version to be placed in this classification.

Source: “France Press” + agencies


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