WHO announced data on mortality from omicron-strain of CVI
The new COVID-19 strain omicron, already found in dozens of countries, has not yet caused a single death. The relevant information, as reported by AFP, was disseminated by the World Health Organization. Kazpravda.kz reports with reference to RIA Novosti.
It will take several more weeks to determine how infectious the new strain is and whether it is causing more severe disease, said Michael Ryan, director of the WHO's health emergencies program.
"We intend to get the answers that everyone needs," he stressed.
Earlier, the World Organization decided to classify the new variant of the coronavirus as causing concern. Experts do not exclude that due to the active spread of omicron, it can cause more than half of new cases of COVID-19 in Europe in the next few months.
On the 20th of November, scientists reported the appearance in Botswana and South Africa of the B.1.1.529 coronavirus strain, which contains 32 mutations in the S-protein, which is necessary for the pathogen to infect cells.
According to the researchers, many of the new changes in the SARS-CoV-2 genome indicate a high transmissibility of this variant and resistance to protective antibodies of those who have been ill and vaccinated, although it is too early to draw final conclusions. Experts suggest that B.1.1.529 originally developed in an immunocompromised person - probably an AIDS or HIV patient.