The World Health Organization calls the new Corona virus mutant “Omicron” and classifies it as “alarming”

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                The World Health Organization called the new mutant of Covid-19, which was first detected in South Africa, "Omicron", and classified it as "alarming."  In addition, European Union officials, who met urgently on Friday to discuss the danger of the new mutant, recommended that the 27 countries in the European Union suspend flights from this region.                </p><div>

                <p>The World Health Organization announced Friday the classification of the new mutant <strong><a target="_blank" href="https://www.france24.com/ar/أوروبا/20211123-فيروس-كورونا-منظمة-الصحة-العالمية-تحذر-من-احتمال-تسجيل-700-ألف-وفاة-جديدة-في-أوروبا-بحلول-الربيع" rel="noopener">for covid-19</a></strong>  Which was first detected in South Africa "disturbing" and named it "Omicron".

The group of experts tasked with monitoring the development of the epidemic stated that “the WHO was first notified of the B.1.1.529 mutant by South Africa on November 24, 2021. This mutant contains a large number of mutations, some of which are worrisome.”

In addition, European Union officials, who met urgently on Friday to discuss the danger of the new mutant, recommended that the 27 countries in the European Union suspend flights from this region.

What did the World Health Organization announce about the new mutant of Covid-19?

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“Member states have agreed to expedite the imposition of restrictions on all flights to the European Union coming from seven countries in the southern African region: Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe,” European Commission spokesman Eric Mammer wrote on Twitter. air.

It was announced that a first infection was detected in Europe in Belgium, as well as in Israel.

For its part, the South African government considered the decisions “hasty.” These measures deal a fresh blow to tourism just before the southern summer when zoos and hotels are usually full.

So far, 22 new infections have been recorded for covid-19 Most are in young adults, according to South Africa’s National Institute of Infectious Diseases.

And injuries were recorded in Botswana and one in Hong Kong for a person returning from a trip to South Africa.

At this point, scientists in South Africa seem unsure about the effectiveness of existing vaccines against the new form of the virus. Virologist Tulio de Oliveira said at a press conference at the South African Ministry of Health that the new mutant contains a “very large” number of mutations, “and we can detect the possibility of it spreading very quickly.”

Scientists note that the mutant “B.1.1.529” carries at least 10 different copies, compared to two copies of the delta mutant. The transformation of the initial virus can make it more transmissible to the point where the mutated becomes dominant.

“Our concern is that this mutant may not only have an increased transmission capacity but may be able to penetrate parts of our immune system,” Professor Richard Lessels explained.

France 24/AFP

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