The United Kingdom urgently convenes a meeting of health ministers of the "Group of Seven" to discuss the situation with the new variant of the coronavirus Omicron. This was stated on the website of the British government, writes UNN.
"An urgent meeting of G7 health ministers will be convened under the British presidency on Monday, November 29, to discuss developments related to Omicron," the statement said.
Note that the new strain has already been detected in several European countries, Israel, Hong Kong, Canada and Australia. Many countries have begun to restrict or ban travel from southern Africa to curb the spread of this variant.
In particular, two cases of the new Omicron strain were detected in Great Britain. Later British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a tightening of anti-epidemic measures against the background of the identified cases.
Note that the first person infected with B.1.1.529 strain was recently identified in Botswana. According to the local radio station SABC, it was a citizen of South Africa. The World Health Organization has named the new strain COVID-19 with the Greek letter Omicron. The organization qualified the new variant as worrisome.