From mild symptoms to rapid transmission, Omicron continues to baffle scientists and researchers across the globe. According to the World Health Organization, the omicron corona virus variant is present in 57 countries and stressed on the need for more data to assess the severity of the disease caused by this new variant.
“Even if the severity is equal or potentially even lower than for the delta variant, it is expected that hospitalizations will increase if more people become infected and that there will be a time lag between an increase in the incidence of cases and an increase in the incidence of deaths,” WHO shared with AFP news agency.
WHO emergencies director Michael Ryan has shared that the variant is efficiently transmitting and probably more efficiently transmitting than Delta, but that does not mean the virus is unstoppable.
“There is a need for more data to assess whether the mutations present on the Omicron variant may result in reduced protection from vaccine-derived immunity and data on vaccine effectiveness, including the use of additional vaccination doses,” stated WHO.
Meanwhile, according to the data released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, India reported 9,419 Covid-19 cases, taking the tally of active cases up to 94,742.