WHO sees more evidence that Omicron is milder

■ Several countries see record high COVID-19 cases as the more infectious Omicron variant spreads ■

(AL JAZEERA) — More evidence is emerging that the Omicron coronavirus variant is causing milder symptoms than previous strains, the World Health Organisation has said.

The World Health Organisation’s Incident Manager, Abdi Mahamud, told a press conference more evidence is emerging that the Omicron coronavirus variant is affecting the upper respiratory tract, causing milder symptoms than previous strains.

However, he added that Omicron’s high transmissibility means it will become dominant within weeks in many places, posing a threat in countries where a high portion of the population remains unvaccinated.

Asked by media representatives in Geneva about whether an Omicron-specific vaccine was needed, Mahamud said it was too early to say but stressed that the decision required global coordination and should not be left to the commercial sector.

Nearly 300 million people have tested positive for COVID-19 worldwide during the past two years, and more than five million deaths have been reported.

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