Coronavirus: The new variant of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus (causer of covid-19) initially detected in South Africa was classified by the WHO (World Health Organization) as a variant of concern on Friday (26).
Thus, the new strain gains the same status as other more dangerous variants, such as Alpha, Beta, Gamma and Delta. Previously identified by the code B.1.1.529, the variant is now called Omicron, according to a press release sent to the press this Friday by the WHO.
“The variant has a large number of mutations, some of which are of concern. Initial evidence suggests that there is an increased risk of reinfection with this variant compared to other variants of concern,” says WHO.
The organization says that there are several studies underway to evaluate the Omicron variant, and that new communications will be issued to publicize the results.