Washington: The US ordered airlines to hand over the names of passengers from southern African countries hit by the Omicron Covid-19 variant and other countries tightened their borders as a European leader urged people to “prepare for the worst”. World Health Organisation (WHO) officials said 24 countries may have reported cases of the variant so far but that some of the early indications were that most were mild and none severe.
WHO regional emergency director Richard Brennen encouraged social-distancing measures nevertheless, warning against complacency and Covid-19 fatigue. Staving off Omicron while scientists establish how easily it can spread and whether it can evade vaccine protection is a “race against time”, the president of the EU’s executive commission said, emphasising the role of vaccines. “Prepare for the worst, hope for the best,” Ursula von der Leyen told a news conference, adding that according to scientists, full vaccination and a booster shot provide the strongest possible protection.
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