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Don’t panic over the latest COVID variant, says Biden

The omicron variant first discovered in South Africa last week is likely to spread rapidly around the world and could have “serious consequences,” the World Health Organization warned on Monday.

“There could be future outbreaks of COVID-19, which could have serious consequences depending on a number of factors, including where the outbreaks may take place,” the WHO said in a brief technical. “The overall overall risk from (omicron variant) is rated as very high.”

The WHO said there is currently no information to suggest that symptoms associated with omicron differ from those associated with other variants. No deaths linked to the omicron variant have been reported, the WHO added. However, he said preliminary evidence raises the possibility that the variant has mutations that could help it both evade an immune system response and make it more transmissible.

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