No evidence that Omicron is more serious than other variants: Singapore

Singapore: Singapore’s Ministry of Health said that the Omicron variant has been found in several countries, although there is no evidence yet that this variant is more dangerous than other known variants of the corona.

Two outbound COVID-19 cases with the Omicron variant have been initially detected in Singapore.

There is currently no evidence to suggest that the symptoms associated with Omicron variants are different or more severe than those of other variants, or that current vaccines and therapeutics would be ineffective against Omicron, the ministry said.

It added, we are also closely monitoring the Antigen Rapid Test (ART) study on sensitivity to Omicron variants.

The ministry noted that preliminary validation shows that ARTs are effective in detecting COVID-19 cases of Omicron variants, and laboratories are conducting further biochemical tests to confirm these results.

These preliminary results give confidence that ARTs are effective as a method of detecting COVID-19, including in Omicron cases.

The new Omicron variant was first reported to WHO from South Africa on 24 November.

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