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Omicron variant is a variant that causes COVID-19 virus.

The spread of the omicron variant Omicron variant emerged due to mutuatios in the genetic structure. Omicron variant is the common name while the technical name is B.1.1.529 variant.

B.1.1.529 was labelled by the WHO as a variant under monitoring (VUM) as this category of variant may not have higher risk of infection. It was named omicron when it was classified as variant of concern (VOC) and highly contagious.

What is omicron variantIn late 2021, omicron variant became well known due to its wide spread in international countries. United States restricted the travel from South Africa in order to limit the spread of the variant.

The B.1.1.529 was first reported to WHO from South Africa on 24th November 2021.

The world health organisation’s WHO has adviced the public to get vaccinated in order to prevent the virus from spreading.

About the new covid -19 virus omicron variant WHO also warns that the new omicron variant spreads easily and poses a very high risk globally. The variant might resist vaccines and immunity in people who were infected previously with the strain.

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