Here’s Everything You Need to Know About the New COVID Variant

A number of important questions have arisen after a new COVID-19 variant, dubbed the Omicron variant, was discovered in South Africa on Wednesday, and scientists are scrambling to find the answers. The variant has resulted in international travel bans, a stock market crash, increased quarantine procedures and heightened concern about the pandemic.

The earliest known incidence of the omicron variant was on November 9, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), and the mutation was first detected on November 24. And on Friday, according to the Associated Press, South Africa recorded 2,828 new COVID-19 cases, with up to 90 percent of those cases caused by the omicron variant.

The virus is on its way to other countries as it has also been discovered in Belgium, Botswana, Germany,…

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