WHO monitoring new COVID-19 variant, impact unclear

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AMMAN — WHO and US authorities announced on Friday, August 18, that they are closely monitoring a new variant of COVID-19 with "the potential impact of its multiple mutations still unknown."اضافة اعلان

The organization has decided to classify the new variant "within the category of variants under surveillance due to the large number (more than 30) of spike proteins on its surface, which play a crucial role in the virus's entry into human cells," as stated in its epidemiological bulletin dedicated to the COVID-19 pandemic published yesterday. The organization also added that "the potential impact of the new variant mutations is still unknown and is being carefully evaluated," Addustour reported.

The new variant has appeared in Israel, Denmark, and the United States.

The organization confirmed that as of August 13th, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has exceeded 769 million, while the number of virus-related deaths has surpassed 6.9 million worldwide.

A report by "Daily Mail" revealed that scientists have identified a new strain of Omicron called the BA.6 strain.

The World Health Organization mentioned that there are only four known variants of the mutation and that "the potential impact of mutations in BA.2.86 is currently unknown and is subject to careful evaluation," urging vigilance.