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‘Herd immunity is not the best way to deal with Omicron'

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A health worker administering a COVID-19 vaccine in Amman. (File photo: Ameer Khalifeh/Jordan News)
AMMAN — Member of the National Committee for Epidemiology Najwa Khoury told Jordan News that herd immunity is not the best way to deal with the Omicron variant in Jordan, contradicting statements made over the past few days by some other health experts.اضافة اعلان

Khoury said that the coronavirus keeps on replicating itself, assuming new mutations, and therefore, if herd immunity helps people cope with Omicron, “it may not succeed with other mutations or variants", stressing that vaccination is the best way to cope with COVID-19 pandemic and urging citizens to take the vaccine as soon as possible.

Member of the same committee Bassam Hijjawi was quoted in the media as saying that the Omicron variant was responsible for 40 percent of COVID-19 infections in the Kingdom over the past week.

Yet despite its rapid spread, the World Health Organization said that it had not received any information regarding possible deaths from Omicron and that the new mutant, which it had classified as “alarming”.

It also said that since it was first detected in South Africa and since Cameroon reported 24 cases in November, infections with Omicron have been reported in 38 countries, on all continents, so far.

Saturday, the Ministry of Health announced 15 deaths and 2,387 new infections with the coronavirus in the Kingdom, bringing the total number of deaths to 12,974 and of infections to 1,097,474.

Meanwhile, Hijjawi was quoted by Al-Ghad news as saying that the new COVID-19 wave affecting Jordan will be of short duration.

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