WHO: Omicron Is Becoming A Major Epidemic Strain

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On January 11, local time, the WHO’s weekly epidemiological report on COVID-19 pointed out that from January 3 to January 9, there were more than 15 million new confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide, an increase of 55% from the previous week, and the number of new deaths was similar to the previous week. Except for the African region, newly confirmed cases increased in all regions, with the largest increase in Southeast Asia, an increase of 418% from the previous week. The incidence in Europe remains the highest. The five countries that reported the highest number of confirmed cases last week were the United States, France, the United Kingdom, Italy and India.

The report pointed out that with the spread of the Omicron, the prevalence of the Delta began to decline, and community transmission of the Omicron has occurred in many countries. Among the 357,206 virus gene sequence samples collected in the past 30 days, 58.5% of the samples were Omicron, and the proportion of Delta dropped to 41.4%.

According to WHO, the Omicron has a significant transmission advantage and is rapidly replacing other strains as the predominant circulating strain.