The Omicron variant is ‘highly transmissible’ and requires ‘urgent action’. The ministers of health of the G7 affirm this. To date, 33 confirmed cases have been reported in Europe, the ECDC said. The reports come from eight countries, including Italy. All confirmed cases have a history of travel to African countries, the infected are asymptomatic or with mild symptoms. The president of the European Council, Charles Michel, is working to organize a summit of the leaders of the 27. Iss, no evidence that Omicron causes a more serious disease. The UK will offer all adults the third dose of the vaccine, including the 18 to 39 age range.
The Omicron variant is ‘highly communicable’ and requires ‘urgent action’. At the G7 Health meeting on the new Covid variant, Omicron, the ministers “praised South Africa’s exemplary work both in identifying the variant and in warning others “. The final joint declaration of the G7 reads. Furthermore, ministers have shown” strong support for the creation of an international pathogen surveillance network within the World Health Organization “.
“The identification of the Omicron variant in the southern area of Africa confirms the urgent need to do more to vaccinate the population of the most fragile countries, there will be a need for the coordinating role of the UN and the WHO”. This was stated by the Minister of Health, Speranza, speaking at the G7 of the Ministers of Health. “It is not enough to donate doses – continued the Minister – we must concretely support those who do not have structured and capillary health services like ours. It is necessary to be sure that the donated vaccines are effectively administered and in the most fragile countries, to do so, the coordinating role of the UN and the WHO will be needed “.
“Important coordination meeting of G7 health ministers in light of the Omicron variant. We must continue to act quickly to increase vaccination efforts, and increase our protection. “The EU Commissioner for Health, Stella Kyriakides, writes on Twitter, taking part in the G7 meeting. The commissioner insists: we must” wear masks and maintain social distancing when necessary “.
To date, a total of 33 confirmed cases of the Omicron variant have been reported in Europe. This was announced by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (Ecdc). The reports come from eight countries of the European Union and the European Economic Area: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal. All confirmed cases have a history of travel to African countries, some of which have taken connecting flights to other destinations between Africa and Europe. All cases for which information on severity is available were asymptomatic or with mild symptoms.
“Omicron is cause for concern. We need to vaccinate”, administer “third doses, conduct tests and do everything possible to stop the spread. Laboratory analyzes and contact traceability are very important. The EU is fighting the pandemic together”. This was stated by the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, after her conversation with the Austrian Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg on the Covid situation in Austria and in the EU.
“It is a race against time” to understand more and adopt the right countermeasures, underlines the president of the EU Commission Ursula von der Leyen while London, the current president of the G7, has called for today an “emergency meeting” of the Group health ministers. “The spirit of collective action is the only truly robust response to combat this pandemic and to combat future pandemics. Only collective, effective and immediate responses can work against viruses.” This was stated by the president of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen speaking to the world health organization. “We cannot remain with our hands – he added -, in front of us we have urgent tasks and just as we are talking the international community is facing a new variant of Covid-19, Omicron”.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the Omicron variant of the coronavirus could have “serious consequences,” reports Sky News. “The likelihood of a potential further spread of Omicron globally is high“says the World Health Organization in a technical document on the new variant. “To date, there have been no reported deaths related to the Omicron variant” of the coronavirus.
“We called it worrying because all the teams around the world get the most information on this variant,” he told France Info. Sylvie Briand, director of the epidemic risk management department at WHO, explaining the meaning of the statement from the World Health Organization which classified the Omicron variant as “worrying”. “It is important to have more information on this variant,” added Briand.
The new Omicron variant is reason for worry but not panic: said Joe Biden speaking at the White House. “We will defeat this new variant,” he promised, recalling that the administration is already working with some pharmaceutical companies. The president said it will take a few weeks before we know how strongly the vaccines protect against the new variant.
Biden urged Americans from the White House to get vaccinated or to booster also to cope with the new Omicron variant which, he said, “sooner or later will also arrive in the USA”. The president expressed his applause for the “transparency” with which South Africa immediately announced the variant, allowing for new travel restrictions that “give us time for further action”.
The US is “in an advanced state of alert” in the face of the new Omicron variant: the White House adviser for the pandemic Anthony Fauci said this speaking to the ABC, where he warned about the risk of a fifth wave in the United States. The well-known virologist has relaunched the opportunity to get vaccinated and booster without waiting for the development of a specific vaccine against the Omicron variant, “which – he said – perhaps we may not even need”.
Angela Merkel, the future Chancellor Olaf Scholz and the presidents of the German Laender will connect tomorrow for a State-Regions conference on the Covid emergency. He wrote about Welt. On the agenda the decision to establish an emergency brake, to face the peak of the wave in Germany.
The specter of yet another acceleration of the pandemic is bringing back restrictions and armored borders that it was hoped had been archived after the annus horribilis of 2020 even if the variant, according to the president of South African doctors, although very contagious seems to present mild symptoms, especially on vaccinated people.
Omicron variant risks causing surge in coronavirus cases in South Africa that could triple daily infections. “I expect we will pass over 10,000 cases per day by the end of the week,” Salim Abdool Karim, a well-known South African epidemiologist, said at an online news conference from the Ministry of Health.
The alarm on the Omicron variant of Covid-19 in the world is “excessive” and the reaction “disproportionate”, he said the doctor Angelique Coetzee, the president of the South African medical order, discoverer of the variant. In statements reported by the British broadcaster TalkRadio, Coetzee reiterated that the symptoms seen so far are “mild”: “The patients I have seen had mild symptoms and recovered. No one was hospitalized and there was no need for oxygen. This reaction in the world doesn’t make any sense, “he added.
However, the countries that choose to arm themselves are multiplying. The last, in chronological order, is the Japan which will close its borders to all foreign visitors. The Japanese government announced this today, just three weeks after loosening some restrictions to allow foreign business travelers, students and interns to enter the country.
in the meantime Australia has decided not to reopen international borders to skilled workers and students, as planned from 1 December, due to fears over the Omicron variant. This is “a necessary and temporary decision,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced.