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Dr. Angelique Coetzee of South Africa, who was the first to express concerns about the Omicron variation, has stated that the world is overreacting to the new coronavirus mutation.
Coetzee said in an interview with talkRADIO, “I’ve seen patients who had only minor symptoms and were able to recover. There were no admissions, and there was no requirement for oxygen. To me, the excitement is completely incomprehensible.”
Cases of the Omicron form have been reported in a number of countries, including a large number in Europe. To keep the virus’s new mutation at bay, countries are adopting an act-first, ask-questions-later approach.
Despite the fact that no Covid cases with the Omicron version have been reported in India so far, the Centre and State governments are stepping up their efforts to combat the virus in case the number of cases increases in the coming days.
The government has also established new international passenger guidelines and urged for more protections for passengers from ‘at-risk’ countries.
As the world continues to be concerned about the new mutation, the emergence of the omicron variant and the world’s desperate and likely futile attempts to contain it serve as reminders of what scientists have been warning for months: the coronavirus will thrive as long as vaccines are unavailable in large parts of the world.
The hoarding of limited COVID-19 doses by wealthy countries, which has resulted in virtual vaccination deserts in many impoverished countries, poses a hazard to the entire world.
Because the disease has more chances to change and grow more lethal as it spreads across unvaccinated populations, the pandemic will last longer for everyone.