Several countries in the world announced that they had recorded infections within their territories with the new mutant of the Corona virus “Omicron”, which was first detected in the Republic of South Africa and described by the World Health Organization as “worrisome”.
Last Thursday, scientists discovered a new mutation of the emerging corona virus in the Republic of South Africa, the African country most affected by the epidemic, which is witnessing a new increase in the number of infections.
And the health authorities in the Republic of South Africa revealed the registration of 50 new infections with the new mutant of the Corona virus, “Omicron”, during the past 24 hours.
These numbers are only preliminary data, as the tests that were submitted on the morning of the 26th only have been fully processed, and the tests that were submitted by the evening are still being tested, and so far the official medical authorities in South Africa have spoken of 77 people infected with the “Omicron” strain. “.
Within two weeks, the new mutant of the Corona virus “Omicron” led to a rapid increase in new confirmed cases.
The new mutant, B.1.1.529 (omicron), has spread rapidly across southern Africa since it was first identified in Botswana in early November. The strain, known for its alarming multiple mutations, is already responsible for 90% of COVID-19 cases in Gauteng province – home to the major cities of Pretoria and Johannesburg – in the Republic of South Africa.
Belgium recorded the first infection with the new Corona mutant (Omicron) in Europe, where the country’s authorities announced yesterday, Friday, that it had recorded what is considered the first case in Europe of the new mutant of the Corona virus.
Yesterday, Friday, Belgian Health Minister Frank Vandenbroek confirmed the diagnosis of the new strain in a non-vaccinated traveler who arrived in the country from abroad, and was diagnosed with corona on November 22.
Earlier, the Belgian virologist Marc Van Ranst, whose laboratory works in close cooperation with the Public Health Authority in Belgium, revealed on his account on “Twitter” that the traveler who had been diagnosed by the Belgian government with the strain B1.1.529 “Omicron”, had returned to The country from Egypt on November 11, and symptoms of infection appeared on November 22.
Today, Saturday, Britain confirmed the registration of the first two infections on its soil with the new mutant of the Corona virus, “Omicron”, noting that the two cases “were detected in two people who came from southern Africa.”
British Health Minister Sajid Javid said in a statement: “We acted quickly, and the two people concerned are in self-isolation, while contacts are being traced.”
Today, Saturday, a minister in the German state of Hesse said that the “Omicron” mutant, which was discovered recently in South Africa, most likely reached Germany.
Kai Klose, Minister of Social Affairs in the western German state of Hesse, which is home to Frankfurt Airport, wrote on his Twitter page: “Last night, several mutant-like omicrons were found in the body of a passenger returning from South Africa.”
He added that a detailed search is currently underway into the mutant that was discovered in this traveler.
In the Middle East, the Israeli Ministry of Health announced, yesterday, Friday, that the highly mutated type was detected in the country, and the infection was identified in an Israeli who had returned from Malawi, and the ministry said that it was monitoring two other people suspected of being infected.
On the Asian continent, two cases were confirmed in the Asian financial hub of Hong Kong. The results of the genome sequencing of a “Covid-19” patient who arrived in the city from South Africa on Thursday confirmed that the infection was the new mutant “Omicron” from South Africa.
Not much is known yet about the new strain of the Corona virus that was monitored in South Africa, Botswana, Hong Kong, Belgium, Britain and Israel, but scientists believe that it has an unusual group of mutations that may make it able to avoid an immune reaction, and more susceptible to infection.
Scientists report that the new mutant “P.1.1.529” (Omicron) carries at least 10 different copies, as opposed to two copies of the “delta” mutant.