Canada confirmed this Sunday the first 2 cases of the Omicron variant in the country due to the arrival of 2 people from Nigeria.
The World Health Organization for its part has called for caution after two South African health experts indicated that symptoms related to the coronavirus strain have been mild so far.
The infections initially reported were among college students, the WHO said, adding that younger patients tend to have milder symptoms.
“Understanding the level of severity of the Omicron variant will take from days to several weeks,” the WHO said in a statement Sunday, adding that “there is currently no information to suggest that the symptoms associated with Omicron are different from those of other variants. ”.
The latest variant wreaked havoc on global markets on Friday, while early signs in Asia suggested a calmer start to the new week as traders took in the initial shock from Omicron. US equity and crude oil futures rose and currency markets stabilized. The rand grew stronger.