Several countries have seen a decline in Omicron variant-led Covid surge. The decrease in cases has also led to lifting restrictions. Sweden, Denmark, and Norway have all lifted Covid restrictions as they look to reclassify the virus as a disease that does not pose a threat to society. The UK and the US are soon likely to follow.
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However, the study has a limitation of lesser participants in the unvaccinated group and the shorter window period post infection. "This could be the important reason for the low immune response specifically in the unvaccinated individuals against Omicron," it said.
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First detected in South Africa and Botswana in late November 2021, Omicron has been discovered in more than 100 countries and across all seven continents, as per the open access data sharing platform GISAID.
WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus reiterated his concern over a recent narrative that Omicron has been causing milder or less severe diseases, Xinhua news agency reported.
Hyper mutated Omicron Covid-19 variant infects and multiplies 70 times faster than the Delta variant, according to University of Hong Kong (HKUMed).
After Omicron variant of Covid-19 was detected in the neighboring state of Andhra Pradesh, the Odisha Directorate of Medical Education & Training Chief, Rama Raman Mohanty on Monday (Dec 13) allayed fears and assured that the State is prepared.