WHO tracking new EG.5 coronavirus variant

WHO tracking new EG.5 coronavirus variant

'Risk remains of more dangerous variant emerging that could cause sudden increase in cases, deaths,' says WHO chief

By Beyza Binnur Donmez

GENEVA (AA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday that it is tracking multiple variants of the coronavirus, including the EG.5 strain that is spreading in the US and UK.

"WHO is currently tracking several COVID-19 variants including EG.5, for which we are publishing a risk evaluation today," WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a press briefing in Geneva.

"The risk remains of a more dangerous variant emerging that could cause a sudden increase in cases and deaths," Tedros added.

EG.5 is a subvariant of highly-transmissible omicron variant.

Additionally, he announced a series of “standing recommendations” which are in effect for all states from Wednesday until April 30, 2025.

The recommendations urge nations to continue publishing COVID-19 data, including related-deaths and cases, maintaining vaccination programs and ensuring equitable access to safe and effective vaccines.

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