Tuesday, October 3

Omicron: New Variant Of Corona Virus In South Africa

It has been almost 2 years since The Coronavirus wrapped the whole world in its web. Due to its new changing variants, the whole world remains in panic. Two waves of Corona have passed, in which people have handled themselves in some way. But there is still a third wave that is frightening the people of the whole world. Recently a new variant of the Coronavirus has been found in South Africa. In the first two waves, the Coronavirus had caught the elderly. But the new variant found in South Africa is said to be more dangerous for youth and children. Scientists have identified the new variant of the Coronavirus found in South Africa as B.1.1.529. The name of the new virus has been named Omicron.


This new variant of the Coronavirus has also been found in travelers from South Africa in Botswana and Hong Kong. Its infection has been found in a traveler who returned from Malawi to Israel. The governments of many countries have become alert to protect this new variant. Along with this, the WHO has issued new guidelines for the government of all countries. For the first time, this variant was found in South Africa on 24 November. Panic has spread in the world after Omicron’s revelation. The delta variant proved to be the most lethal at the time of the second wave. Delta virus has caught many people all over the world. Now experts say that Omicron is more dangerous. It is the reason why scientists are afraid that this new variant may also neutralize the corona vaccine.

Concern about Omicron

A statement by pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and BioNTech has increased people’s concern. In the statement issued by them, it has been said that they are not sure whether this vaccine is capable of treating the new variant of corona ‘Omicron. They further added that more data would be available on Omicron within the next two weeks. 

There is also news that if this variant fails on the vaccine, Pfizer and BioNTech will develop and produce an effective vaccine against that variant in about 100 days. On Saturday, the World Trade Organization postponed the 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12) to be held in Geneva amid the spread of the Omicron variant. WHO, it seems that the third wave of Coronavirus is about to come. WHO has placed this new variant in the list of ‘variants of concern. In the ‘variant of concern,’ only those strain is kept, which is more prone. The Government of India has also become very cautious about this.

Along with this, many countries have canceled international flights. Australia, Israel, and Britain have banned people coming and going from African countries. All three have given exemption only to the return of their citizens from there. Cases have been reported in the African countries of South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, and Eswatini. In this, a large Number Of Mutations Of The Virus are coming out. So far, 32 mutations have been reported in Botswana. If the virus eliminates the effect of the symptoms, it means that we need to be more alert than before. So be careful not only yourself but also to keep others alert.

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