Scientists have discovered a fresh Covid-19 variant known as B.1.1.529 and are investigating its consequences. In South Africa, Hong Kong, Israel, and Botswana, approximately 100 verified cases have been detected.
According to the BBC, the World Health Organization has named the variant Omicron, following the pattern of Greek code-names such as Alpha and Delta. On November 24, 2021, the B.1.1.529 variant was initially reported to WHO by South Africa.
According to scientists, B.1.1.52 contains a peculiar set of mutations that are concerning because they could enable it dodge the body’s immune response and become more transmissible. As the world emerges from the pandemic, any new variety that is able to resist immunizations or spread faster than the now-dominant Delta strain could constitute a huge threat.