Covid-19: for the WHO, it will be necessary "Several weeks" to understand the new variant

The World Health Organization has commented on the new variant that has appeared in South Africa.

It will take “several weeks” to understand the level of transmissibility and virulence of the new variant which was first detected in South Africa and named B.1.1.529, said a spokesperson for the World Health Organization. Health (WHO) this Friday.

WHO experts, responsible for monitoring developments in SARS-CoV-2, are however already meeting this Friday to determine whether the variant should be classified as “worrying” or “to follow”, explained Christian Lindmeier, during ” a regular press briefing by UN agencies.

Suspension of flights from southern Africa

At the same press briefing, the WHO nevertheless advised against taking travel restriction measures.

An announcement that comes as several countries, including France, have taken the decision to suspend arrivals from southern Africa after the discovery of the B.1.1.529 variant.

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