WHO issues new advice on Omicron mutation

Thứ Tư, 1/12/2021| 19:18

WHO believes that a complete travel restriction due to concerns about Omicron mutation is not necessary, but certain groups of people should limit travel at this stage.

WHO issues new advice on Omicron mutation

The World Health Organization (WHO) on December 1 recommended that people who have not been fully immunized, and vulnerable people such as people over 60 years old should postpone travel to areas where Covid-19 is spreading in the community. "People who are not fully immunized or have no evidence of ever having Covid-19 or are at risk of serious complications if they contract Covid-19 such as people over 60 years old, people with underlying medical conditions should postpone travel to areas with infection in the community". The WHO also said that an absolute travel restriction order "will not prevent the risk of global spread of the virus, while causing a burden on lives and livelihoods". Such bans could even backfire by preventing countries from sharing epidemiological data, the WHO stressed.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that it is completely understandable for countries to close and restrict travel to protect people against a new strain. However, he appealed to the international community for "calm, cooperation and clarity" as scientists needed more time to better understand the Omicron variant. The call comes after many countries around the world either closed their borders to all foreigners or restricted travel with African countries to prevent the Omicron mutation. However, this variant has appeared in about 20 countries and territories.