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The first image in the world: Delta variant vs Omicron variant.
On November 27, the scientific research team of the Children’s Hospital of Rome, Italy released the world’s first picture of the new variant strain of the new coronavirus: Omicron.
Comparison of spike protein mutations between Delta strain and Omicron strain (picture from Rome Children’s Hospital)
The picture shows that compared with the delta strain of the new coronavirus mutant virus, the Omicron strain has more spike protein mutations. These variations are diverse, and most of them are located in areas that interact with human cells.
Researchers said that the new coronavirus has further adapted to the human body through mutation, but it does not necessarily mean that it has become more dangerous.
Confirmed or suspected cases of “Omicron strain” found in many European countries
Following the report of Belgium on the 26th of the first case of infection with the “Omicron strain” in Europe, on the 27th, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Italy successively confirmed cases of the “Omicron variant” infection, and the Netherlands and the Czech Republic also reported the discovery.
Related suspected cases. Strictly preventing the spread of “Omicron, a mutant strain of the COVID-19 virus” has become a new target for global epidemic prevention.
The British Ministry of Health confirmed on the 27th that two cases of “Omicron strain” infection were found in the UK, and the patients had traveled to southern Africa.
British Prime Minister Johnson held a press conference on the same day, announcing that “targeted measures” will be taken to deal with new mutant strains.
These measures include: all international travelers need to undergo a nucleic acid test after arriving in the UK, and need to self-isolate before getting a negative result; those who have been in close contact with a confirmed case of the “Omicron strain”, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated against the COVID-19 vaccine.
Need to self-isolate for ten days; strengthen the regulations on wearing masks when shopping in stores and on public transportation; consider vaccinating more people with the COVID-19 vaccine booster and shorten the interval between the second dose of vaccine.
On the 27th, Bavaria, Germany, reported two confirmed cases of “Omicron strain” infection, and the patients entered the country from Munich Airport on the 24th.
The Bavarian State Health Department requires people who have been to South Africa in the past 14 days to immediately report, receive nucleic acid testing, and reduce contact with others.
At the same time, on the flight from Cape Town, South Africa to Germany on the 26th, 50 passengers are now quarantined in Bavaria.
Among them, two foreign passengers tested positive for the COVID-19 virus and are currently undergoing further testing for the infection. Omicron strain”.
Hessen, where Frankfurt Airport is located, reported on the 27th that a passenger returning to Germany from South Africa was suspected of being infected with the “Omicron strain.”
A laboratory in Milan, Italy, confirmed a case of “Omicron strain” infection on the 27th. The patient lives in Campania, southern Italy, and recently returned from a trip to Mozambique, an African country.
The Ministry of Health of the Netherlands announced on the 27th that a total of 61 passengers on the two flights from Johannesburg, South Africa to Amsterdam, tested positive for the COVID-19 virus on the 26th.
The virus samples are being analyzed to confirm whether there is an “Omicron strain.” The Netherlands Institute of Health said that it is “almost certain” that some of these 61 people were infected with the “Omicron strain.”
The Czech Republic reported on the 27th a case suspected of being infected with the “Omicron strain”. The case had previously been to Namibia, an African country.
The first image in the world: Delta variant vs Omicron variant
(source:internet, reference only)