12/3/2021, 4:37 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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WHO: Omicron detected in 38 countries so far

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday that the Omicron variant of the coronavirus has been detected in 38 countries so far.

"We do see an increasing growth rate, we see increasing numbers of Omicron being detected," WHO's COVID-19 Technical Lead Maria van Kerkhove, but noted the Delta variant is still the dominant one at a global level.

Van Kerkhove stressed that it is still "too soon" to say whether the Omicron variant only causes mild infection, despite initial reports that is the case. "Everybody who is infected with SARS-CoV-2 regardless of what variant will always start out with a mild disease. And so maybe it will stop there with mild, some people are asymptomatic of course, but it may stop with mild disease or it may take some time," she pointed out.

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