Much is still unknown about the omicron variant of the coronavirus: WHO

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World Health Organisation Director General, Tedros Ghebreyesus says much is still unknown about the omicron variant of the coronavirus.

Ghebreyesus has cautioned against discriminatory travel bans as the omicron variant spreads to even more countries.

Southern African countries have been slapped with travel bans my some European countries, and the US, following the recent discovery of the new variant by scientists in South Africa and Botswana.

World Health Organisation briefs on the spreading Covid-19 Omicron variant:

He also warned. He has urged countries to make use of the tools available in the fight against COVI-19.

“All governments should reassess and revise their national plans based on the current situation and their national capacities. Accelerate vaccine coverage in the most at risk populations in all countries, intensify efforts to drive transmission down and keep it down, with a tailored mix of public health measures.

Scale up surveillance testing and sequencing and avoid ineffective and discriminatory travel bans. I’m also pleased that France and Switzerland, have lifted their travel bans on Southern African countries.”