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Omicron COVID Strain
The new COVID variant was initially detected in South Africa and Botswana and sparked major concerns due to its high number of mutations (32). The WHO dubbed the strain Omicron and warned it may prove to be more transmissible and dangerous than other coronavirus variants.

WHO Holds Briefing on Second Anniversary of COVID-19 Pandemic

The event is being held as the number of Omicron variant cases grows across the world, with the strain becoming dominant in the United States and many other countries.
Sputnik is live from Geneva, Switzerland, where the World Health Organisation is holding a weekly briefing on the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, marking the second anniversary.
The first outbreak was registered in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the capital of Hubei Province, at the very end of December 2019, with the WHO declaring the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic in March 2020.
According to Johns Hopkins University, after two years of the pandemic, the global coronavirus tally has surpassed 282 million cases, while the death toll has reached 5.4 million.
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