WHO Labels New Covid Strain, Named Omicron, a ‘Variant of Concern,’ Citing Possible Increased Reinfection Risk

The U.N. health agency recognized the new Covid strain, first referred to as lineage B.1.1.529 and now named omicron, as a variant of concern. Experts fear a sharp upswing of Covid cases in South Africa’s Gauteng province — where the heavily mutated strain was first identified — could mean it has greater potential to escape … Read more