Durban, South Africa — Omicron variant ofThe first to be detected in South Africa is now spread to at least 14 countries. Some experts believe that it is likely that it has already reached the United States, but as a government, including the US competition to impose a travel ban, scientists have said that this mutant virus was actually earlier. We are competing to understand how dangerous it is than stocks.
Starting Monday, the United States has imposed restrictions on travelers from South Africa and seven other countries in the region. New variants have already been identified in Canada, with two recent arrivals from Nigeria and not one of the countries subject to the new US travel ban.
Former Food and Drug Administration Dr. Scott Gottlieb,On Sunday, he said the new variant is likely already in the United States, but said the government is in a better position to detect cases of newer strains than it was a year ago.
But as CBS News correspondent Debora Patta reports from a laboratory in Durban, South Africa, where scientists first identified a variant of Omicron, many in the country aren’t praised. I believe that I am punished for good science.
Within 36 hours of discovering the new strain, scientists at the Government Institute in Durban warned the world and began testing current vaccines against it.
Well, just a few days later, the mask may be on again, but the gloves are off in a global battle to stop the new tensions. In just a few days, Omicron has become globally recognized and is stalking the world.
As of Monday, most travelers from southern African countries have been banned from entering the United States, and travel restrictions from southern Africa to many European countries have been updated.
Before Omicron was detected, Europe was already the epicenter of a phenomenal surge in COVID-19 cases, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, White House’s top health adviser.If enough people do not come forward for vaccinations and boosters, the United States “certainly” is “potentially in the fifth wave” of high infections.
Israel goes one step further than restricting travel to a particular country and prohibits all foreign travelers from entering that country.
However, as variants have already been confirmed on five continents, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has called for the withdrawal of the travel ban, saying it has no scientific basis.
“These restrictions are completely unjustified and unfairly discriminate against us,” he said.
But world leaders have promised to delay the spread while waiting for science — because there are many things we do not yet know. Omicron may be more contagious than previous strains, but its severity is still unknown. It contains more than 30 mutations to pesplomer, raising concerns among some scientists that it may be resistant to current vaccines.
“I think there’s a good reason to worry, I don’t think that means we’re helpless,” South Africa’s Institute of Infectious Diseases Professor Ann Van Gottberg told CBS News. I emphasized that it would come. “We need to collect data. We need to investigate and understand this variant.”
South African scientists who first started using Omicron variants and available vaccines will not be able to get test results for at least two weeks, but South African doctors have already infected people with COVID-19. We have confirmed that reinfection is increasing.
Although the number of infections across the country is still low, Omicron accounts for most of the more than 2,000 new daily cases in South Africa, raising concerns that it may become more infectious.
One of South Africa’s top infectious disease experts warned on Monday that the daily infection rate in the country could triple in just a few days, given the surge in cases of Omicron. Did.
“We expect to have more than 10,000 cases by the end of the week,” Dr. Salim Abdul Karim said in an online press conference by the Ministry of Health.
Omicron COVID Variant: “Why Worry”, But South African Scientists Feel Punished For Their Good Work
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