The Study S.African offers Omicron hope as nations reimpose restrictions

The Study S.African offers Omicron hope as nations reimpose restrictions ...

In response to a report from the South Africa report, I said that the world was a bad place to focus on the impact of the Omicron coronavirus on the human body, but officials warned that it would not be too late to make a definitive conclusion to the strain spreading over the globe.

With the second Christmas of the pandemic now just days away, countries put new restrictions on their citizens while they worried about the damage it could bring to their economies.

Planning for Christmas parties and gatherings was wiped out from London to New Delhi due to the uncertainty.

Omicron was detected first last month in Africa and Hong Kong. Preliminary data show that it is more resistant to vaccines developed before it emerged.

The a study of South Africa's National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) showed that infected people infected with Omicron are more likely to get home in hospital than those with a Delta strain.

The COVID-19 cases, it said, also appear to have peaked in Gauteng province, the region where Omicron was born.

In a study not peer-reviewed, the South African Omicron data from October and November was compared with data about Delta from April and November.

In South Africa, that is epidemiology. Omicron is acting in a less severe way," said the Professor Cheryl Cohen, of the NICD.

"Countingly, our data really suggest a positive story of a slashed quality of Omicron compared to other variants."

But the technical director of the WHO on COVID-19, Maria van Kerkhove, said the U.S. agency hasn't got enough data to draw definitive conclusions on the severity of the Omicron variant.

According to a briefing in Geneva, the data was still "messy" as countries reported to have received the information.

We haven't seen this variant circulate long enough in the rest of the world, certainly in vulnerable populations. We have been asking the countries for cautiousness and effective thought, particularly as holiday arrives.

The European Secretary of the WHO told Reuters in Brussels that three to four weeks were needed to measure Omicron's severity.

Hans Kluge said that Omicron, already dominant in Britain, Denmark and Portugal, will probably be the first coronavirus strain in Europe within a few weeks.

"No doubt Europe was once again the epicentre of global pandemic." "More, I'm very concerned, but I have no reason for panic." "Let's have better news! We know what to do."


Meanwhile governments gathered to halt the variant's rapid spread. They urged citizens to get vaccinated as a result of a proposed reopening plan for Omicron that many had hoped would help the end of a pandemic.

Germany, Scotland, Ireland, Netherlands, South Korea have recently reimposed partial or full lockdowns or other social distancing measures.

Germany's health minister said he hasn't ruled out a full lockdown.

Italy is preparing new measures and could make vaccinations for the number of workers in need, said Minister Mario Draghi.

Austria is to bring a 10-p.m. near the hospitality industry and classify Britain, Denmark, Netherlands and Norway as risk areas, thus taking time to quarantine if they haven't had any booster shot.

Belgium, Czech Republic and Spain were considering new limits, but the Indian capital of New Delhi banned Christmas and other festivities before New Year's end.

The Chinese city of Xian - the home of the Terracotta Warriors - is a Chinese city.

- told 13 million residents to stay home as it was able to withstand the rising COVID-19 situations under Beijing's zero-tolerance policy.


In the world, policymakers are trying to reach out to the economic blow that could come from new outbreaks.

On Wall Street, concerns over Omicron upending the economic recovery lingered and the American stock indexes were generally low at the open market.

For December, volatility has gotten much better than expected, says Anu Gaggar, global investment strategist for Commonwealth Financial Network. "The Santa Claus rally is a little lower this year."

A handful of South Korean-based business owners protested in Seoul on Wednesday against the return of strict social distancing rules. They demanded the government to break the "vaccine pass" policy and compensate for losses.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett welcomed a Health Ministry committee's recommendation that over the 60s and 60s, those who need to undergo surgery and regain health care.

A Reuters tally reports that more than 275 million people have died of the coronavirus in the u.s., and nearly 5.7 million have died.

Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries since the first case was identified in central China in December 2019.

The White House said that the US President on Wednesday tested positive for the coronavirus. On Tuesday, Biden promised to distribute half a billion free rapid COVID-19 tests, and warned half of the american adults who are unvaccinated that their choices could spell the "diffference between life and death".

Professor Lawrence Young, a virologist at the University of Warwick in England, said it was difficult to justify the quadruid shots after many people were vaccinated in wealthy countries and many more in Africa.

Generalistic Director of WHO Tedros said boosters shouldn't be seen as the only way to tackle the pandemic, even if the other countries are struggling to give up.

"Blanket booster program is probably going to prolong the pandemic rather than end it," he told a briefing in Geneva.

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