The WHO says it is not yet clear if omicron is more transmissible than other Covid variants, including delta, although it has been discovered with a surge in cases in South Africa.
The global health agency said it is working with researchers around the world to establish whether the new “anxiety type” causes “more severe illness than other forms of infection”.
Meanwhile, secondary school students across England have been told that they should once again wear face coverings in communal areas, as the government attempts to stop the spread of the variant.
Under the new guidance – which goes into effect on Monday – all staff, visitors and students in Year 7 or above are “strongly advised” to cover their faces unless they are exempted . This rule covers all education establishments, including universities, as well as childcare settings such as early years care.
It comes after a third Omicron case was confirmed in the UK, involving a traveler who visited Westminster but has since left the country.
Sajid Javid admitted on Sunday that air travelers from South Africa were not tested upon arrival in the UK on Friday – despite fears they may be carrying the new variant.
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Vaccine demand is seeing a boom in the Indian state
At least one state in India has confirmed increased interest in vaccination and booster jabs, amid concerns around the world about the spread of omicrons.
Maharashtra, a western state that includes India’s financial capital Mumbai, said on Saturday it had administered 839,005 vaccines, the highest number in a single day in the whole of November.
More than 9.2 million residents of the state are yet to receive their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
India increases airport screening
The Indian government on Sunday revised its guidelines for screening of international travelers arriving from Europe, including the UK and 11 other “at-risk” countries.
The country has mandated test on arrival, home quarantine for seven days on negative result and another Covid-19 test in eight days. Individual states have been instructed to randomly test five per cent of passengers arriving on flights from “at-risk” countries.
It is too early to conclude Omicron variant causes more severe transmission of Covid-19: WHO
The WHO said it was not yet clear whether Omicron is more permeable than other variants, including Delta.
The Global Health Agency said that although there has been an increase in the number of people testing positive for the variant in South Africa, it said that “epidemiological studies are underway to understand whether this is due to omicrons or other factors.” “.
The WHO also said that “it is not yet clear whether infection with omicrons causes more severe disease than infection with other types, including delta.”
It said the increase in hospitalizations could be due to “an increase in the total number of people who have been infected as a result of a specific infection with Omicron”. The WHO said there is currently no information to suggest that the symptoms associated with Omicron are different from those of other types.
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Face masks will have to be worn again in secondary schools – Minister
Following on from my previous post (6.21 pm), here is tom bachelor With more information on the new COVID rules for secondary schools in England.
The government has said that face masks should be worn in communal areas in schools and colleges across England, as part of efforts to slow the spread of the Omicron Covid variant.
Students of Year 7 and above, as well as staff and visitors, are being “strongly advised” to wear a face covering as part of a “temporary and precautionary” measure, which will be effective from Monday.
Masks will not be required in classrooms and exemptions will remain for those who have a medical reason for not wearing one.
Face masks should be worn in schools to tackle omicrons, says government
‘Temporary and precautionary’ measures to be effective from Monday
Swiss approves Kovid restrictions as cases increase
A vote in Switzerland on Sunday gave the green light to new legislation that bars unvaccinated people from attending public events and gatherings. People who have been cured of COVID or tested negative can participate in programs that have been vaccinated with.
The final count showed that 62 percent of voters supported the measure, which is already in place. The vote on the country’s “Covid-19 law”, which has also unlocked billions of Swiss francs for workers and businesses hit by the pandemic, came as Switzerland – like many other countries in Europe – surged heavily in Covid cases. face growth.
Switzerland’s government, unlike others, has not responded to the new sanctions. Analysts said he did not want to further protest his Covid-19 policies before facing trial at the ballot box on Sunday.
Health Minister Alain Berset said, with the results now in place, officials “still have the tools needed to manage the crisis, and if necessary, we can adjust the tools for development”.
“A decision has been made and we must come together now to deal with this winter as much as possible,” Mr Bursett said. “It is an appeal for unity, but also for respect for the decisions taken.”
On Tuesday, Swiss health officials warned of a rising “fifth wave” over infections in the wealthy alpine country, where vaccination rates are in line with hard-hit neighbors Austria and Germany, with nearly two-thirds of the population.
Fauci says a ‘fifth wave’ of Covid is possible if Americans vaccinate
White House Chief Medical Adviser Dr Anthony Fauci has said that unless Americans receive vaccines and booster shots, the United States may be in for another wave of COVID-19 infections.
Talking to CBS News’ face the nation On Sunday, Dr Fauci warned that the next few weeks would be crucial to determining whether the US can stem the tide of new cases and deaths resulting from a fifth wave.
“We certainly have the potential to move to the fifth wave,” he said amid the new Omicron version. “And the fifth wave, or the magnitude of any increase, if you want to turn it into a wave, it’s going to really depend on what we do in the next few weeks to a few months.”
Andrew Feinberg Report from Washington, DC:
Omicron: Fauci says ‘fifth wave’ of Covid possible if Americans vaccinate
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NI activates scheme to determine omicron in the country
Now in Northern Ireland, where plans are underway to identify any spread of Omicron in the country.
NI Health Minister Robin Swan also urged the public to follow basic steps to help prevent the spread of all forms of COVID-19 and underscored the continuing importance of vaccination.
He will update the assembly on Monday about measures being deployed in response to the emergence of the Omicron version.
The variant has been identified in England and several other countries throughout Europe, although no cases have yet been notified in Northern Ireland or the Irish Republic.
Mr Swann said measures against Omicron include adding several countries to Northern Ireland’s red list for international travel.
“If the new version is confirmed here, all appropriate health protection actions will be taken and the public will be appropriately informed,” he said.
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