WHO warns Asia-Pacific to brace for an outbreak of Omicron-related infections

Officials from the World Health Organization (WHO) stated on Friday that Asia-Pacific nations should increase their healthcare capacity and completely vaccinate their citizens in order to prepare for a spike in Covid-19 infections caused by the Omicron variant, which has been identified in the region.

Scientists are still collecting data to determine how infectious Omicron is, as well as the severity of the infection it causes, after it was discovered in southern Africa last month and labeled a “variant of concern” by the World Health Organization. The virus has already been identified in at least two dozen nations, and it has begun to gather traction in Asia this week, with reports of cases coming from Australia, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia and India, among other places. Many nations have reacted by tightening the limits for international travel.

When it comes to preventing future outbreaks, Takeshi Kasai, WHO regional director for the western Pacific, said, “Border restrictions may buy time, but every nation and every community must prepare for new outbreaks.” Kasai said during a virtual media conference.


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