The World Health Organization said Omicron coronavirus variant is likely to spread internationally, posing a very high global risk of infection surges that could have severe consequences in some areas. The U.N. agency urged its 194 member states to accelerate vaccination of high-priority groups and, in anticipation of increased case numbers, to ensure mitigation plans are in place to maintain essential health services. The WHO said Omicron has an unprecedented number of spike mutations, some of which are concerning for their potential impact on the trajectory of the pandemic.


The Deputy Director General of Health Services Dr. Hemantha Herath advised the general public to be vigilant and alert about the spread of Omricron Corona variant. According to the information received, the variant has not entered the South Asian countries. However, the general public should take precautionary measures in term of vaccination and health guidelines to be prepared for any situation. Dr. Hemantha Herath further said those who have not received the booster vaccination should receive it at the first instance. The WHO has released a media report stating the booster vaccination would protect the human beings from Omricron variant.