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Dangers of latest COVID-19 variant still unknown, say experts

POSTED December 7, 2021

Dangers of latest COVID-19 variant still unknown, say experts

The World Health Organization is not recommending ‘blanket travel bans’ 

Abdul-Karim faces camera with mask

Work to understand Omicron COVID-19, the latest variant of the pandemic continues around the world, but the World Health Organization (WHO) is advising countries remain calm in preparing for its probable spread.

Christian Lindmeier, WHO spokesperson, says that data suggesting Omicron is highly transmissible was only preliminary, and they advise against blanket travel bans for most countries. “It is much more preferred to prepare your country, your health system to possibly incoming cases, because we can be pretty sure this Omicron variant will spread,” he said.

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