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WHO designates coronavirus variant found in South Africa as ‘of concern’, names it Omicron



The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday designated a new Covid-19 variant detected in South Africa with a large number of mutations as being “of concern”, the fifth variant to be given the designation.The WHO said in a statement that it had assigned the B.1.1.529 variant the Greek letter Omicron.The announcement from the United Nations health agency marks the first time in months that WHO has classified a Covid-19 variant as such. The Delta variant, which has become the world’s most…



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