New variant ‘may not be as severe or contagious as Delta’

The WHO calls for calm, and a leading South African GP says Australia has overreacted
Dr Angelique Coetzee
Dr Angelique Coetzee. Source: Twitter.

The new SARS-CoV-2 variant, Omicron, that’s prompting selective border closures worldwide is yet to be proven more transmissible or severe than Delta, the WHO says.

The main unusual feature of the variant seems to be a higher risk of reinfection in recovered patients, it said in a bulletin on Monday morning.