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WHO calls for calm over new coronavirus variant

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The World Health Organisation is calling for calm over the emergence of a new strain of Covid-19 in countries including Britain and South Africa. WHO emergencies chief Mike Ryan says virus mutation is to be expected and is not a cause for major alarm. His comments come as a growing number of countries impose travel bans on passengers from the UK and South Africa.

“We have to find a balance. It’s very important to have transparency, it’s very important to tell the public the way it is, but it’s also important to get across that this is a normal part of virus evolution. Being able to track a virus this closely, this carefully, this scientifically in real time is a real positive development for global public health, and the countries doing this type of surveillance should be commended.”

WHO officials say there is nothing to indicate that the new strain causes more serious illness or deaths, although it appears to spread a lot quicker. Ryan says the countries imposing travel restrictions on places like the UK are doing so to be extra safe.

“That is prudent. But it is also important that everyone recognises that this happens, these variants occur.”

According to a Thai PBS World report, officials say the Covid-19 virus has mutated much more slowly than influenza and the new strain currently being seen in the UK is still spreading less quickly than infections such as the mumps. WHO Chief Scientist Soumya Swaminathan says the new Covid-19 vaccines should still work against the new variant.

“So far, even though we have seen a number of changes, a number of mutations, none has made a significant impact on either the susceptibility of the virus to any of the currently used therapeutics, drugs or the vaccines under development and one hopes that will continue to be the case.”

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

 

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    Ameila Leary

    Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at 3:29 pm

    China has been misleading the World Health Organization and the rest of the world as part of the Corona Virus message. They never tell us what happens in the world, where zero patients come from, about the situation. Why the sudden turbulence began in Wuhan and then reached the whole world, every nation suffered such severe pain, and then suddenly China regulated all infections. And now about the new symptoms and virus results, who knows what else China has not been shared with WHO and others in accordance with its strategic plans. We can’t say that, until we deal with it, this latest stream of viruses is less or more lethal. It’s time for the WHO and all nations to disbelieve China’s theories and tales.

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    brian mc

    Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 7:43 am

    i applied for a medical position with the World Health Organisation, ended up on tv as the new Dr Who. i was happy about it though as i had been UN employed for 2 years.

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    brian mc

    Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 7:46 am

    WHO calls for calm over new coronavirus variant

    i have no idea. Who?

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