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Omicron: WHO Asks Asia-Pacific Countries To Prepare For Surge In COVID-19 Cases

World Health Organization (WHO) urged Asia-Pacific countries to boost healthcare facilities and get prepared in view of the raise in COVID-19 cases along with the new variant Omicron.

Omicron: WHO Asks Asia-Pacific Countries To Prepare For Surge In COVID-19 Cases

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  3 Dec 2021 2:38 PM GMT

New Delhi: In the wake of COVID-19 new variant 'omicron', the World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday asked all the Asia-Pacific countries to boost their healthcare facilities to protect people.

Notably, many countries have tightened their boundaries so that they could prevent people from entering their country from affected countries. However, WHO has suggested the Asia-Pacific Countries not to depend completely on maintaining travel restrictions to prevent the new variant.

The Regional Director of the WHO, Takeshi Kasai said instead of relying on the border measures the countries need to prepare for the variants with high potential transmissibility.

''As per the information available now, the counties don't need to change their approach,'' he added

Omicron was detected in 5 states of the United States and then Australia became the latest country that reported community transmission of the virus Omicron despite closing its borders. Presently, the new variant has been found in Asian countries of India, Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea, and Japan.

In the Asia Pacific countries, the vaccinations rates vary from one country to another but there is an anxious gap. Indonesia which was the epicenter of COVID-19 in Asia has successfully injected about 35% of people among the population of 270 million.

Australian government's top medical advisor revealed that Omicron could become dominant in the world within the upcoming few days.

The United States government has also opted for measures to prevent their people from the spread of the virus. On Monday, it asked international travelers to get tested for the COVID-19 within one day of their arrival.

Meanwhile, the US President Joe Biden on Thursday asserted that the state will fight the variant with technology and not with confusion and havoc.

Also read: Why Does US Government Seem To Be On Point Of Shutting Down All The Time?

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