The omicron variant is already the dominant one in the world, with almost 60% of cases

THE omicron variant, which two weeks ago had only been detected in 1.6% of global cases analyzed in the laboratory, it is already present in 58.5% of these analyses, so it surpassed delta and became the dominant around the world, according to the World Health Organization (who).

The weekly epidemiological bulletin posted today by the health institution shows that, of the more than 357 thousand analyzes carried out by the global network of GISAID In the last 30 days, more than 208,000 detected the omicron variant.

On the other hand, 147,000 (41%) corresponded to the delta variant, which in the previous result from weeks ago still concentrated 96% of cases and was the main dominant strain for much of 2021.

The report highlights that the omicron variant is capable of run away from immunity, since there is transmission even between vaccinees and people who have already overcome the disease and developed antibodies.

More contagious and less serious

On the other hand, the WHO also highlights growing evidence that omicron is less serious than previous forms of the disease. Despite this, in another report also published today, the organization highlighted that the health risks of the omicron variant are still “very high”, as it can cause increase in hospitalizations and deaths in vulnerable populations.

THE record diary of contagions in more than two years of pandemic so far is on January 6, with more than 2.6 million positives global, a number that the WHO itself recognizes may be much higher in reality due to the many infections diagnosed with home tests and not reported.

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Since then, the barrier of 2 million cases has been crossed in several days, and a peak of cases has yet to be confirmed. contagions, although some countries initially affected by the omicron variant, such as South Africa, appear to have reached it.

Source: who

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