Omicron probably present undetected in most countries, WHO says

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus 

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# 15 December 2021 09:47 (UTC +04:00)

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the Omicron variant is spreading at an unprecedented rate and had “probably” spread to most nations undetected, APA reports citing The Guardian.

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters on Tuesday:

"The reality is that Omicron is probably in most countries even if it hasn’t been detected yet. Omicron is spreading at a rate we have not seen with any previous variant.”

The WHO urged countries to act swiftly to rein in transmission and protect their health systems and warned against complacency.

WHO expert Bruce Aylward strenuously warned against “jumping to a conclusion that this is a mild disease”.

“We could be setting ourselves up for a very dangerous situation,” he added.