Omicron has been noted as a variant of concern by the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Scientists say preliminary data suggests it may cause milder cases of covid-19 than the delta variant.
Here’s what to know
- Britain’s Boris Johnson reports the country’s first known death from omicron variant of the coronavirus. The announcement comes as Health Secretary Sajid Javid said the variant was spreading at a phenomenal rate and urged people to get boosters. Long lines for shots were reported in several British cities.
- European health officials said Sunday there have been 766 confirmed omicron cases in the region, and of those patients for whom they have information on severity, all were either asymptomatic or mildly ill.
- The president of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, tested positive Sunday for the coronavirus and is experiencing mild symptoms, his office said. He is fully vaccinated.
- Long covid is destroying careers and leaving economic distress in its wake. Do you think you’re experiencing long-haul covid symptoms? Share your experience with The Post.
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