On Saturday, the United Kingdom (UK) announced the first two cases of COVID-19‘s new Omicron form.
This comes just a day after the first instance of the variety was identified in Europe, which scientists believe could be more contagious, according to RT.
The two instances, one in Chelmsford and the other in Nottingham, were identified on Friday, according to UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid. Both incidents are “connected,” according to Javid, who also stated that both patients are currently isolated at home.
The UK Health Secretary stated, “This pandemic is far from done.” “If there’s one thing that everyone can do,” RT stated, “it’s to take their immunisation if they’re qualified.”
The new Omicron version, which was discovered initially in South Africa, has heightened global anxieties because it is thought to be more deadly than the delta variant.
The World Health Organization (WHO) designated it as a ‘variant of concern’ on Friday.
The new South African strain has been designated as a source of concern by the WHO because it has a high number of mutations (32), potentially making it more transmissible and deadly. The WHO has given it the name Omicron, which is the Greek alphabet’s 15th letter.
Following news of the new variant, the US, the EU, Canada, Israel, Australia, and other countries have imposed travel restrictions on many southern African countries due to health concerns.