1. SARS-CoV-2 variant Omicron
This weekend. B.1.1.529, discovered in south Africa, had already spread through Asia and Europe, which alarmed the world. According to CCTV News reported, during local time on November 26, WHO convened an emergency meeting for B.1.1.529. A declaration was released after the meeting, the variant was named as Omicron.
The mutant virus sample was collected on November 9. Two weeks later, WHO declared that the new variant was detected from South Africa on November 24. What people concerned about is that Omicron has a large number of mutations, Preliminary studies have shown that compared with other "mutants that need attention," this mutant has an increased risk of re-infection with the virus. Currently, the number of cases infected with this mutant is increasing in almost all provinces of South Africa.
Strictly preventing the spread of the new mutant Omicron has become a new target for fighting against the global epidemic. Within two days from the 26th to the 27th, most countries have imposed cross-border flights and travel bans against South Africa and several neighboring countries that first reported Omicron, and image of Omicron have been released.
Researchers said, the new coronavirus is able to adapt human body through mutation, but not means that would be more dangerous.
2. Strictly preventing the spread of the new mutant Omicron has become a new target for fighting against the global epidemic.
The discovery of Omicron in South Africa and other countries has aroused high global vigilance. Up to now, the governments of about 20 countries and regions have successively issued or are preparing to issue entry restrictions on flights and passengers from south Africa.
The German disease control agency has classified South Africa as a “viral mutation area”. All people entering Germany from South Africa must undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated or not.
The Pakistan National Command and Operations Center issued a notice on November 27th that Pakistan issued a travel ban on travelers from South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique, Botswana, Namibia and other regions.
In addition, Russia also announced that it will prohibit entry of foreign citizens from some countries and regions such as South Africa from the 28th of this month.
Singapore and Malaysia respectively announced on the 26th that they would prohibit the entry of travelers who have recently visited South Africa and other 7 countries. Japan has also implemented measures to suspend inbound flights and isolate passengers from South Africa and other countries.
Simultaneously, German virologist Uerlik Protzer said that Omicron may accelerate the spread of the new coronavirus, and the public should be vaccinated as soon as possible to boost antibody levels.
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3.EasyDiagnosis makes effort to ensure that the detection of Omicron will not off-target or miss detection
China is currently in the period of strategic opportunities won by the dynamic zero-clearing strategy, and is accelerating the construction of the scientific support needed to deal with the normalized epidemic in the next stage, including the formation of effective vaccines and drug reserves that can support the world's opening up, as well as public health and medical resources reserve.
Based on science and solidarity, Delta and Omicron will be defeat.