South Africa warns of “unnecessary panic” against the Omicron variant, as its symptoms are “very weak”

The President of the South African Medical Association and one of the discoverers of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, Dr. Angelique Coetzee, has asked that there be no “unnecessary panic” of this new modality, the symptoms of which are “very weak” according to the data she shuffles at these moments.

“What we see in South Africa and remember, I’m in the epicenter, it’s very weak. It’s easy for us,” he told the BBC. “I’m pretty sure there is needless panic in the UK,” where two cases have been confirmed, although I could say otherwise within two weeks. “

Shortly before, UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid called for caution after warning that there were reasons to believe that current vaccines against Omicron were “less effective” and defended the restriction measures, including the return, announced yesterday by Prime Minister Boris Johnson to the mask.

South Africa warns of “unnecessary panic” against the Omicron variant, as its symptoms are “very weak”
South Africa warns of “unnecessary panic” against the Omicron variant, as its symptoms are “very weak”

“It’s a proportionate and balanced approach,” he told Sky News, although he admitted that “not much is known”, other than the World Health Organization (WHO) calling the omicron a “variant of grave concern”. .

Regarding the developments of the last few hours, Austria has identified its first suspected case of the variant in a traveler who returned from South Africa to Tyrol in the Alps last week.

After the initial examination by the Innsbruck virology department, according to the authorities, there was a specific suspicion in a statement collected by the ORF that it could be the new mutation of the virus.

However, confirmation will require additional sequencing over the next few days.

It is also known that in response to the appearance of this variant, the Philippines will temporarily ban flights from seven European countries until December 15.

It is precisely Austria, but also the Czech Republic, Hungary, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium and Italy, according to President Spokesman Karlo Nograles. These countries join South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Eswatini and Mozambique, reports the Philippine network ABS-CBN.

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