Omicron spreads, cases detected in Netherlands, Denmark, Australia

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Omicron kept spreading around the world on Sunday, with 13 cases found in the Netherlands and two each in Denmark and Australia even as more countries imposed travel restriction. Dutch health authorities said the 13 cases of the variant were found among people on two flights from South Africa to Amsterdam on Friday. Authorities...

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Published on November 30, 2021 -  01:18
Is New COVID Variant Omicron Ready to Take Over the World?
JOHANNESBURG โ€” Researchers in South Africa are tracking the rise of omicron, a new COVID-19 variant of concern, within the context of a large spike in cases in the South African province of Gauteng[e], 90 percent of which were from the new, highly mutated variant, according to Deutsche Welle. The Guardian reports that scientists in South Africa and Botswana separately submitted discovery of the variant on November 23, and the journal Nature notes that many of the 30-plus mutations to the coronavirus spike protein that characterize it are linked to the ability to evade infection-blocking antibodies and heightened infectivity. Penny Moore, a virologist in Johannesburg, told Nature there are also hints the variant could dodge herd immunity conferred by T cells, though omicronโ€™s effect on vaccine efficacy and disease virulence is not yet clear. Richard Lessells, an infectious-diseases physician, said at a press briefing organized by South Africaโ€™s health department on November 25 that there is concern the variant may already be circulating widely in South Africa. Since it was sequenced the variant has now also been discovered in Britain, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Denmark, Belgium, Israel, Australia and Hong Kong, according to Reuters.

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