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The omicron variant, which two weeks ago had only been detected in 1.6% of global Covid cases analyzed in laboratories, is already present in 58.5% of those analyzes, so it has exceeded the delta and has become the world dominant, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

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The weekly epidemiological report published Monday by the WHO shows that of the more than 357 thousand analyzes carried out by the global network of GISAID laboratories in the last 30 days, more than 208 thousand detected the omicron variant.

On the other hand, 147 thousand (41%) corresponded to the delta variant, which in the previous result of weeks ago still concentrated 96% of the cases and was the main dominant strain for much of the year 2021.

The report highlights that the omicron variant is capable of “evading immunity”, since there is transmission even between vaccinated and people who had previously overcome the disease and had developed antibodies.

The WHO also underlines on the other hand “growing evidence” that the omicron is less serious than earlier forms of COVID-19.

Despite this, in another WHO report published the same day, the organization stressed that the health risks posed by the omicron variant are still “very high”, since it can lead to an increase in hospitalizations and deaths in vulnerable populations.

The daily record of infections in more than two years of pandemic so far stands on January 6, with more than 2.6 million global positives, a figure that the WHO itself recognizes could be much higher in reality due to the many infections diagnosed with home tests and not reported.

Since then, the barrier of 2 million cases has been exceeded in several days, and a peak in infections has not yet been confirmed, despite the fact that some countries first affected by the omicron variant, such as South Africa, do seem to have reached it.

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