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Dangerous to suggest that Omicron is mild, says WHO

As the world grapples with a massive Covid-19 surge, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that suggesting Omicron is a “mild” disease is risky.

Infectious Disease Epidemiologist and WHO’s Covid-19 Technical Lead Maria Van Kerkhove said, “Yes, oversimplified narratives can be dangerous. While we see lower risk of hospitalisation compared to Delta, to suggest that Omicron is “just a mild” disease is dangerous. Case are astounding even with lower risk, we will see hospitals overwhelmed. Please be careful.”

The WHO has issued many warnings to governments about the increased surge of Covid cases caused by the Omicron strain. It had already issued a Covid-19 tsunami warning and requested that events and gatherings be cancelled.

Meanwhile, India on Thursday recorded an exponential rise as it registered 90,928 new cases of coronavirus and 4,82,876 fatalities. The country on Wednesday had recorded 58,097 Covid cases.

(With inputs from agencies)

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