WHO's regional director for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti, called on countries to follow science and international health regulations in order to avoid using travel restrictions.
The White House said President Joe Biden was briefed on the omicron variant Sunday by his COVID response team, which includes top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci.
Scientists say that exposure to Vitamin D can help to ward off infection and cancer.
Canada is among several countries Sunday to report omicron cases. Canada said its two known cases are linked to travel from Nigeria.
The directive comes just two days after the governor declared a State of Emergency in New York ahead of possible COVID-19 spikes this winter.
“I have a lot of debilitating nausea, dizziness and a racing heart. I can't comprehend words at times,” 26-year old Isiah said in one video after getting COVID-19 in October 2020.
South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Mozambique, Malawi, Lesotho, Eswatini, Botswana were all put under a level 4 “do not travel” advisory by the U.S. State Department on Saturday.
In the U.S., Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious diseases expert, said he would not be surprised if the omicron variant was already in the United States, too.
The WHO skipped the Greek letters nu and xi when naming the omicron variant. A spokesperson told FOX News Saturday the reason for that.
Ten preteens from around New York have won college scholarships for 5-to-11-year-olds who get vaccinated against COVID-19.
Florida is reporting the lowest amount of coronavirus cases per capita in the nation after Gov. Ron DeSantis was widely criticized by media outlets for his handling of the virus.
Dr. Anthony Fauci said he would not be shocked if the COVID-19 omicron variant is already circulating in the U.S.
The country’s numbers are still relatively low, but omicron’s speed in infecting young South Africans alarms experts.
A Nassau County emergency room will reopen after resolving staffing shortages related to the state’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care workers.
"We continue to see warning signs of spikes this upcoming winter and while the new Omicron variant has yet to be detected in New York State, it's coming," Hochul said.
“I keep saying it over and over, the next couple of months are going to be up to us. I mean, we, right now, have a tool, a very effective tool,” Dr. Anthony Fauci said, urging vaccination amid news of the worrying new omicron variant.
The world is racing to contain a new coronavirus variant that is potentially more dangerous than the one that has fueled waves of infection on nearly every continent.
Advisers to the World Health Organization held a special session Friday to flesh out information about the worrying new variant of the coronavirus that has been detected in South Africa.
Pfizer said if any coronavirus variant ever evades the protection offered by its COVID-19 vaccine, it expects to be able to produce a “tailor-made” adapted version of its vaccine to fight that variant in approximately 100 days, pending approval from federal regulators.
A coronavirus variant recently identified in South Africa is leading to a new round of travel restrictions just as many had finally begun to ease.