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Nearly 20 countries have recorded the variant, triggering travel bans across the world.
Dutch health authorities said the coronavirus variant was found in samples taken before South Africa first reported the variant to the World Health Organization.
“Many of us might think we are done with COVID-19. It’s not done with us,” World Health Organization director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Monday.
The variant appears to be spreading more rapidly among young people in their 20s and 30s, alarming health professionals.
The variant, recently dubbed omicron, was first noticed in South Africa and has spread to several other nations.
The World Health Organization has declared omicron a variant of concern.
The U.S., U.K. and EU have all temporarily barred flights from certain African nations amid fears over the new coronavirus strain, omicron.
Demonstrators marched in Brussels against reinforced COVID-19 restrictions imposed to counter the latest spike in coronavirus cases across Europe.
While medical workers pleaded for tough restrictions or even lockdowns, leaders let the virus rage unimpeded for weeks.
While coronavirus cases have stabilized or decreased everywhere else, they're rising in the WHO's European region.
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The U.S. continues to report the highest number of new cases, with children making up 15.5% of all new infections last week, according to a separate report.
Coronavirus vaccine supply is extremely limited in much of the world, even as rich countries struggle to administer all their supply.
5.5 billion coronavirus vaccines have been administered so far, but 80% of those have been to upper- and middle-income countries.
Israel, France and Germany have started administering booster shots, while the U.S. CDC maintains they are not necessary right now.
Chinese authorities have not been transparent with investigators trying to figure out how the coronavirus pandemic started.
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The highly transmissible variant has worried public health officials who warn it could lead to a new surge in cases, particularly among the unvaccinated.
WHO said all viruses "change over time" and hoped the shift would remove stigma associated with regions where variants were first seen.