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The World Health Organization (WHO) has classified the new Corona 19 mutant virus spreading in South Africa as a ‘variant of concern’ with a high risk of reinfection and named it ‘Omicron’.
New York stocks and oil prices plummeted on concerns about the spread of the new mutation.
Reporter Hyo-Jeong Cho reports.
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The World Health Organization (WHO) has classified the new COVID-19 mutant virus that has recently spread in South Africa as a ‘variant of concern’.
It was named ‘Omicron’, the 15th letter of the Greek alphabet.
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“The new mutant virus, dubbed ‘Omicron’, is exhibiting worrisome properties. The WHO will be investigating this over the next few weeks.”
‘Omicron’ has 32 gene mutations in ‘spike protein’, twice as many as delta mutations.
It is presumed that the transmission and fatality rate of the virus is high, and resistance to current treatments and vaccines has also increased.
Concerned about the spread of the new mutant virus, major countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom, the European Union and Japan have announced measures such as suspending flights or restricting travel from southern Africa.
Global stock markets also faltered.
Following the Asian and European stock markets that closed earlier, the New York Stock Exchange Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 2.53% to close at 34,899.34, the biggest decline since October 28 of last year.
The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index fell 2.27% and the tech-focused Nasdaq Index fell 2.23%.
Also, on the New York Mercantile Exchange, the prices of West Texas Intermediate and Brent crude fell more than 10% on concerns about a sharp drop in oil demand.
This is Hyo-Jeong Cho from MBC News.
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