— AFP

GENEVA: Amid the tightening of journey curbs by European nations in mild of the brand new COVID-19 variant, the World Well being Organisation cautioned towards imposing journey restrictions as a result of B.1.1.529 coronavirus variant, saying it will take weeks to know the implications of the newly found pressure.

The World Well being Organisation stated its Technical Advisory Group on Virus Evolution (TAG-VE) was holding a gathering Friday to debate the variant first detected by way of surveillance in South Africa.

As European nations started banning flights from South Africa, the UN well being company stated nations ought to take a risk-based and scientific method when contemplating journey curbs in mild of the variant — however cautioned towards restrictions.

“WHO is carefully monitoring the lately reported variant B.1.1.529,” spokesman Christian Lindmeier instructed a media briefing in Geneva.

“Early evaluation exhibits that this variant has numerous mutations that require and can endure additional examine.

“It’ll take a number of weeks for us to know what influence this variant has.

“Researchers are working to know extra concerning the mutations and what they probably imply for a way transmissible or virulent this variant is, and the way they might influence on diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines.”

Germany and Italy on Friday joined Britain and different European nations in banning most journey from South Africa as governments scramble to forestall the unfold of the brand new variant.

Singapore and Malaysia stated they might limit arrivals from seven African nations.

The WHO is cautious on imposing journey restrictions referring to Covid-19.

“At this level, once more, implementing journey measures is being cautioned towards,” Lindmeier stated.

The TAG-VE group started a digital assembly at 1100 GMT to debate whether or not B.1.1.529 ought to, at this stage, be categorised as a variant of curiosity, or the extra troubling variant of concern.

There are at present 4 variants of concern: Alpha, Beta (which was first documented in South Africa), Gamma and the overwhelmingly dominant Delta.

There are additionally two variants of curiosity: Lambda and Mu.

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