As of tonight, Britain is introducing new border rules
It takes scientists at least two weeks to determine how dangerous the latest variation of Kovid-19, called Omicron, is. The bad news about the rapid spread of another mutation of the virus shocked the world. The new threat comes from South Africa, with already confirmed cases in Australia, Belgium, Botswana, Britain, Germany, Denmark, Israel, Italy, Canada, the Netherlands, France, Hong Kong and the Czech Republic, and it is only a matter of time before Omicron appears in Bulgaria. – although Europe is already taking emergency measures.
Prior to the advent of Omicron in South Africa, about 200 cases of Covid-19 were reported daily. After detecting the latest version, they jump to 2000 per day.
The World Health Organization says it is not yet clear whether the Omicron variant is more contagious and whether it causes a more severe course of the disease than previous versions. The Republic of South Africa has a large increase in hospitalizations, but it is not known whether this is due to a more contagious option, or just a new wave of the epidemic is unfolding, the media commented. Finding the answer will take half a month, the WHO expects.
US President Joe Biden has received a report from his anti-coronavirus crisis headquarters, which states that Omicron will reach the United States despite the impending ban on visitors from South Africa. Chief US epidemiologist Dr. Anthony Fauci has explained that final information on the new version of the coronavirus Omicron will be available within two weeks.
The President of the EU Ursula von der Leyen also said the scientific community would need two to three weeksto get a complete picture of the strength of the option. She stressed that the contract with Pfizer / Biontech for the purchase of 1.8 billion doses also includes a clause providing for manufacturers to adapt the vaccine to new mutations within 100 days.
“It is important that we act together now. Let us stick to the rules, let us limit our contacts again so that schools and kindergartens do not close again, so that we do not have to stop public life again,” called the new German Chancellor Frank-Walter. Steinmeier in an article for the Sunday edition of the Bild newspaper.
The British government has tightened measures. There are new restrictions on entering the country, and wearing masks is mandatory in retail outlets and public transport. From 4 o’clock tonight, every fully vaccinated person entering the territory of the United Kingdom from a country outside the red list (Bulgaria is not included in the red list at this stage) will have to do a PCR test by the second day of arrival and isolate himself until receipt. of a negative result. If the result of the PCR test is delayed, the person should isolate himself until the test result becomes known or by the 14th day after arrival, whichever comes first. Anyone who has been in contact with a suspected case of the Omicron variant will also need to isolate themselves, whether or not they have been vaccinated.
Persons traveling from countries outside the red list who have not been fully vaccinated before traveling to the United Kingdom must take a COVID-19 test within 3 days of their trip, book and pay for COVID-19 PCR tests per day. 2 and day 8 after arrival in the United Kingdom. Upon arrival in the United Kingdom, they must be quarantined for 10 days at home or elsewhere and undergo a PCR test for COVID-19 on or before day 2 and day 8. If the day 2 test is positive, individuals must isolate themselves for 10 full days, with the day of the test being counted as day 0. In this case it is not necessary to take a test on day 8. If the test on day 2 is negative, it must be the test for day 8 was also done. In case the test on day 8 is positive, the persons must self-isolate for 10 full days. Then the day on which the test for day 8 is done will be considered as the zero day.
Japan is also closing because of the new option. “We will ban all admission of foreign nationals from around the world from November 30,” Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida was quoted as saying by world news agencies. Kishida clarified that the goal is to avoid the worst developments and that this is a temporary measure – until the situation is clarified with the new option.
BioNTech announced that they have started studying Omicron and are working on adapting their vaccine, in case the existing version of the vaccine known as “Pfizer” is not suitable for combating the new strain. “In order not to waste time, we are working on these two tasks in parallel until data and more information on whether our vaccine is appropriate or not,” a company spokesman told the DPA.
“The new variant is relatively mild, and the infected are mostly young men. But we still don’t know if this variant can cause complications in the elderly and unvaccinated. None of the infected has lost their sense of smell or taste. They say they have pain in muscle and fatigue for a day or two, “said Dr. Angelique Kotzi of the South African Medical Association.
But Georgi Marinov, an expert from the Department of Genetics at Stanford University, notes that South Africa’s population is generally young – the average age is 27, and most people there have already ridden it and have antibodies, and the incidence is now skyrocketing. a vertical curve upwards that has not been seen before. “Natural immunity is being violated, and the sequence of the virus is appalling,” Marinov was quoted as saying. bgonair.bg. According to the net, “this is possibly the worst case scenario for mutations, so any scientist who has studied the mutation profile of the spike protein at the moment is extremely pessimistic that vaccines will work at all.”
“By no means should we panic, because we have already encountered other options. For example, the Beta version, which also came from South Africa, also had a better ability to escape the immune response. In theory. it was an extremely dangerous option, but fortunately it failed to spread, “commented BAS virologist Prof. Radostina Alexandrova.