December3 , 2021

WHO Cautions Against Travel Curbs As New COVID-19 Variant Raises Alarm



The WHO is cautious on imposing journey restrictions regarding Covid-19. (File)


The WHO on Friday cautioned towards imposing journey restrictions as a result of B.1.1.529 Covid-19 variant, saying it could take weeks to grasp the implications of the newly found pressure.

The World Health Organization mentioned its Technical Advisory Group on Virus Evolution (TAG-VE) was holding a gathering Friday to debate the variant first detected by way of surveillance in South Africa.

As European nations started banning flights from South Africa, the UN well being company mentioned international locations ought to take a risk-based and scientific strategy when contemplating journey curbs in gentle of the variant — however cautioned towards restrictions.

“WHO is closely monitoring the recently reported variant B.1.1.529,” spokesman Christian Lindmeier informed a media briefing in Geneva.

“Early analysis shows that this variant has a large number of mutations that require and will undergo further study.

“It will take a number of weeks for us to grasp what impression this variant has.”

“Researchers are working to grasp extra in regards to the mutations and what they doubtlessly imply for the way transmissible or virulent this variant is, and the way they could impression on diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines.”

Germany and Italy on Friday joined Britain and other European countries in banning most travel from South Africa as governments scramble to prevent the spread of the new variant.

Singapore and Malaysia said they would restrict arrivals from seven African countries.

The WHO is cautious on imposing travel restrictions relating to Covid-19.

“At this level, once more, implementing journey measures is being cautioned towards,” Lindmeier mentioned.

The TAG-VE group started a digital assembly at 1100 GMT to debate whether or not B.1.1.529 ought to, at this stage, be labeled as a variant of curiosity, or the extra troubling variant of concern.

There are at present 4 variants of concern: Alpha, Beta (which was first documented in South Africa), Gamma and the overwhelmingly dominant Delta.

There are additionally two variants of curiosity: Lambda and Mu.

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