The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the Omicron coronavirus variant poses a high risk of infection surges around the globe.
The WHO said on Monday that the variant could lead to severe consequences in some regions.
The head of the organization, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, renewed a call for a global push to get vaccines to poorer nations.
Covid-19 is “not done with us” yet he warned.
The WHO added; “Omicron has an unprecedented number of spike mutations, some of which are concerning for their potential impact on the trajectory of the pandemic,”
Cases have already been reported in a number of countries including Canada, the UK, Portugal, Belgium and the Netherlands.