On 26 November 2021, WHO officially defined the new Coronavirus B.1.1.529 variant as the fifth "variant of concern" (VOC), named after the Greek letter Omicron variant.
As of 28 November, the importation of this variant has been monitored in South Africa, Israel, Belgium, Italy, the United Kingdom, Austria and Hong Kong, China, and the number of cases is increasing. The new strain contains a large number of mutations compared to other strains, and the WHO's latest report on 29 November local time states that the overall global risk level for the new coronavirus Omicron strain is "very high", causing widespread concern among companies worldwide.
Join our live Mandarin webinar to understand Omicron and what it means to employees health and travel.
- Dr Echo Li, Head of Medical Advisors, Greater China Assistance Service, International SOS
- Yingyan Zhang, Senior Travel Risk Manager, Greater China, International SOS