WHO says it is not yet clear if Omicron causes more severe disease

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GENEVA (Reuters) – The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Sunday that it is not yet clear if the new Omicron coronavirus variant is more transmissible compared to other SARS-CoV-2 variants or if it causes more severe disease. “Preliminary data suggests that there are increasing rates of hospitalization in South Africa, but this may be due to increasing overall numbers of people becoming infected, rather than a result of specific infection with Omicron,” it said. However, in a statement, the agency reiterated that preliminary evidence suggests there may be a higher risk of reinfection from…

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