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Omicron not severe as Delta, but not mild: WHO warns

 International Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 02:48 PM, 7 January 2022   Updated: 09:55 AM, 10 January 2022

World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

The World Health Organization (WHO) says the new variant of Covid-19, Omicron, is not as severe as Delta, the highly contagious variant of the virus identified in India in October 2020, however, is not mild.   

WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says there is no reason to “underestimate” the Omicron variant, especially, for people who have not been vaccinated yet.

The BBC, a UK-based news agency, reported this in a report on Friday.

The first case of coronavirus was detected in late 2019 in Wuhan, China. The virus then spread worldwide. Several variants of the virus were later identified. That variant or strain dominates the world. According to the Greek alphabet, these variants are named Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, Kappa and Lambda.

Among them, the Delta variant, which was detected first in India in October last year, was the most contagious. But in November last year, a new variant of the virus, Omicron, was identified in South Africa – which is more contagious than Delta and spread rapidly worldwide. Outbreaks appear to be exacerbated around the world after Omicron was detected.

According to various recent studies, people who are infected with Omicron are relatively less likely to get seriously ill than previous variants of the COVID. However, the head of the WHO Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus informed that “the COVID cases increased by 71 percent globally in the first week of the new year”. And in the countries of the Americas, the infection rate is 100 percent. 

Warning the term of using the highly contagious variant of Covid-19, Omicron, as mild or moderate, WHO chief claimed the COVID variant detected in South Africa is “killing people around the world”. The health system is under severe pressure as a record number of people have been infected. 

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says for those who have already been vaccinated, Omicron appears to be “less harmful” than Delta, but the variant cannot be termed as mild at all.

According to the WHO Director General, like other variants, Omicron is forcing people to go to the hospital, even killing people. In fact, the pressure on health infrastructure is growing worldwide due to the Omicron.   

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