While, around the world, the fight against the resurgence of the pandemic is intensifying with lockdowns, curfews and vaccination campaigns, the emergency committee of the World Health Organization (WHO) is looking into, Thursday, January 14, on the new variants of the coronavirus, which worry the authorities.
Particularly contagious, the British and South African variants of the coronavirus are swarming: the number of countries and territories where the variant initially spotted in the United Kingdom is found is 50 and it is 20 for the variant identified in South Africa, WHO believes that this assessment is probably underestimated.
And a third mutation, originating in the Brazilian Amazon, the discovery of which Japan announced on Sunday, is being analyzed and could impact the immune response, according to the WHO, which evokes “A disturbing variant”.
To discuss especially these variants – one of the topics that “Require urgent debate” – the WHO expert committee, which normally meets every three months, was convened two weeks in advance. Recommendations for WHO and member countries will be released at the end of the meeting on Thursday, said a statement from the organization, released Wednesday in Geneva.
WHO China survey
China, where the epidemic appeared at the end of 2019, reported Thursday that a death from the coronavirus had been noted, the first in eight months. It was recorded in Hebei province, where several cities have recently been subjected to containment after the appearance of outbreaks of contamination. Chinese health authorities have reported 138 new infections, the highest daily toll since March.
This new death comes as a team of WHO experts arrived Thursday in the country, in Wuhan, where the virus was first reported at the end of 2019. Made up of ten scientists of different nationalities , it will be responsible for going back to the origins of the Covid-19, as soon as the two-week quarantine to which the experts were subjected will have elapsed.
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