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Omicron cases discovered across world; countries quick to seal borders
Updated: 2021-11-30 17:03:46 KST
Spain, Portugal and Sweden have spotted their first cases of the Omicron variant joining the growing list of countries that have found cases within their borders.
Portugal saw an Omicron cluster at a professional soccer club, with at least 13 workers and players infected.
One of the players had recently returned from South Africa, so it's possible he had unknowingly transmitted the virus to his teammates.
South Korea as of yet has found no suspected or confirmed cases of Omicron.
Scientists in China said on Tuesday that they analyzed data from South Africa and found Omicron to be more than 37 percent higher in transmissibility than the Delta strain.
But many experts and officials are saying that for now, there's no need to panic.


"This variant is a cause for concern, not a cause for panic."


"There is no basis for South Africans to panic. We've been here before."


"We've seen some very early evidence that we may be seeing a re-infection occurring we'll only get the full picture in about three to four weeks from now. But at this point, we aren't seeing any red flags that we need to be particularly concerned about."

The South African government advisor did add though, that due to the rapid rate of infections, he expects cases to triple by the end of this week to reach 10-thousand a day in South Africa.
The G7 nations are convening in order to discuss an emergency response.
Meanwhile, the U.S. CDC is saying that all vaccinated adults should get booster shots to fend off this new variant.
Also an increasing number of countries have been sealing off borders to countries in Southern Africa, where the virus strain was first spotted.
These travel restrictions however, have come under fire from a number of global bodies.


"The Secretary-General said he is now deeply concerned about the isolation of southern African countries due to new COVID-19 travel restrictions. As he and others have long warned, low vaccine rates are a breeding ground for variants."

He added that countries in Africa should not penalized for sending an early warning about this new health threat to the rest of the world.
Kim Yeon-seung, Arirang News
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