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Seven Things You Should Know About New COVID-19 Variant, Omicron

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The World Health Organisation on Friday declared the new COVID-19 variant, Omicron, one of concern and issued an advisory to nations on it.

Below are seven things you should know about Omicron:

1. The first confirmed infection of Omicron was from a specimen collected on 9 November 2021 in South Africa, according to WHO.

2. Omicron (B.1.1.529) variant was first reported to WHO from South Africa on 24 November 2021.

3. The variant has a large number of mutations, some of which are of concern to the global health body.

4. Preliminary evidence suggests an increased risk of reinfection with this variant, as compared to other variants of COVID-19.

5. Current PCR testing continues to detect this variant.

6. Most confirmed cases are in South Africa, with some in Botswana and Hong Kong. A case was detected in Israel and Belgium.

7. WHO advised individuals to continue to observe measures to reduce their risks of infection.

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Ojogwu Godwin Chukwudi hailed from Delta State. A young talented personality, Alumnus of Delta State university,Abraka Studied Library and information science. He is an intellectual cyber communicator expert and a prolific blogger professional.

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