With the new coronavirus variant causing global concern, the Health Emergency Operation Centre’s Technical Advisory Group will meet today to consider actions that will be implemented in the Maldives.
President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih expressed alarm over the new variant in a tweet on Saturday, noting that the Technical Advisory Group will convene to deliberate on appropriate preventive steps to be adopted in the nation.
Several nations have shut down their borders in response to the new variant, which was first identified in South Africa, however the Maldives has yet to declare any preventive steps.
The World Health Organization designated the B.1.1.529 coronavirus strain as a “variant of concern” on Friday, naming it “Omicron.”
Because of its greater transmissibility, infectivity, or resistance to vaccinations, a “variant of concern” has the greatest danger perception among other coronavirus variations.
“This variant [B.1.1.529] has a large number of mutations, some of which are concerning,” the WHO said. “Preliminary evidence suggests an increased risk of reinfection with this variant, as compared to other VOCs [variants of concern].”
According to the WHO, the frequency of cases of the Omicron variant looked to be growing in practically all South African provinces.