What is known so far about new Covid variant Omicron

Undated handout photo from the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention shows the ultrastructural morphology exhibited by the 2019-nCoV. The spikes that adorn the outer surface of the virus impart the look of a corona surrounding the virion, when viewed electron microscopically. – EPA/Centres for Disease Control and Prevention handout pic, November 28, 2021.

SOUTH African scientists have discovered a new Covid-19 variant, Omicron, with multiple mutations that is thought to be highly contagious.

The World Health Organization has designated it a variant of concern and many countries are racing to try and contain it, banning flights from southern Africa.

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