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Ómicron: what is known about the new “variant of concern” of the coronavirus

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We don’t know how fast this new variant spreads.

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared this Friday that a new mutation of the coronavirus is a “variant of concern.”

The variant, which was called the omicron, was first reported to the WHO from South Africa on November 24.

Formerly known as B.1.1.529, it was also identified in Botswana, Belgium, Hong Kong, and Israel.

The WHO said in a statement Friday that preliminary evidence suggests a increased risk of reinfection with this variant.

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