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From flight bans to reimposing COVID-19 precautions, how countries are reacting to the Omicron variant
In the week since the new virus strain was reported by South Africa, dozens of countries around the world have responded with travel restrictions — most targeting southern African nations.
According to government officials, no case of the new Omicron variant of coronavirus has been detected in India yet.
Professor Calum Semple, a microbiologist from the UK government's Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), struck a note of caution on the worldwide headlines around the new B.1.1.529 variant detected in South Africa
The WHO could decide if it's a 'variant of concern' — the most worrying type, like the well-known delta variant — or a 'variant of interest,' and whether to use a Greek letter to classify it
The scientists have warned that this variant carries an 'extremely high number' of mutations may drive further waves of disease by evading the body’s defences