List of countries where Omicron COVID variant has been detected


World Health Organisation warned on November 29, 2021 that risk related to Covid variant Omicron is ‘very high’.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned that we shouldn’t need another wake-up call, ๐ฐ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ก๐จ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐›๐ž ๐ฐ๐ข๐๐ž ๐š๐ฐ๐š๐ค๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฏ๐ข๐ซ๐ฎ๐ฌ.

The WHO DG said that the emergence of the highly-mutated Omicron variant underlines just how perilous and precarious our situation is. He emphasised that Omicronโ€™s very emergence is another reminder although many of us might think we are done with #COVID19, it is not done with us.ย 

“We are living through a cycle of panic and neglect. Hard-won gains could vanish in an instant,” said WHO Director-General. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus further warned that “Although other regions are seeing declining or stable trends, if thereโ€™s one thing we have learned, itโ€™s that no region, no country, no community and no individual is safe until we are all safe.”

He also stated that South Africa should be thanked for detecting, sequencing and reporting this variant, not penalized. Omicron COVID variant was first detected in South Africa and now the nation is facing a travel ban from several countries including the US, Canada, UK and many other European nations.ย 

However, experts fear that the travel curbs are being imposed too late as most likely the virus has already spread to other parts of the world. While most of the confirmed cases of the new COVID variant have been reported in South Africa, more than a dozen countries have also now detected cases of the Omicron variant.ย 

Read more: What do we know about new COVID variant Omicron?

Check the full list of countries that have reported Omicron variant cases

South Africa


Hong Kong





United Kingdom

The Netherlands


Czech Republic





Why is the Omicron variant being feared?

The Omicron variant of COVID-19 is being feared due to its increased transmissibility and possible risk of evading vaccine protection and causing reinfection.ย 

How can individuals reduce the spread of the newCOVID-19 variant?

As per WHO, the most effective way to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 is to-

– Keep a safe distance

– Wear a well-fitting mask

– Open windows; avoid poorly ventilated, crowded spaces

– Clean hands

– Cough, sneeze into a bent elbow/tissue

– Get vaccinated

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