WHO Warns Omicron BA.2 Subvariant Begins to Dominate in Many Countries

Suara.com – As many countries have started to lower their vigilance against Covid-19, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the Omicron BA.2 subvariant is becoming the dominant strain worldwide.

The Executive Director of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme, Mike Ryan, has also warned of the dangerous double effect of country reopening and high Omicron transmission.

“When you open a few countries quickly, you see the results of Covid-19 transmission. If you add up the increase in the transmissibility of BA.2, then you have a double impact,” Ryan said. The Health Site.

On the other hand, the positive thing that can also have a double effect is the Covid-19 vaccination. The effect of this procedure is to save lives and protect the health system.

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Mortality rates have also decreased in countries with high rates of Covid-19 vaccination, including among vulnerable groups.

Illustration of Omicron Variant Corona Virus (Envato)
Illustration of Omicron Variant Corona Virus (Envato)

“The important steps to protect individuals, especially vaccination, are leading to a situation where the health system can cope, and the population can continue to live as normal a life as possible.”

The Omicron BA.2 subvariant drives the Covid-19 spike in Asia and Europe

WHO reports that the Omicron BA.2 subvariant has driven a spike in Covid-19 cases in many countries, including the UK, China, US, Hong Kong and South Korea.

In a report this week by the WHO’s health agency, the stealth variant of Omicron caused 86 percent of cases between February 16 and March 17, as updated on the GISAID database.

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Over the same period, BA.1.1 accounted for about 9 percent, BA.1 about five percent and BA.3 less than one percent.