The World Health Organization says it is not seeing a lot of cases of people getting reinfected with the new mutation of the Omicron variant of Covid-19.

The WHO’s Dr. Maria van Kerkhove says there are ongoing studies to determine if patients, who have been infected with the BA.1 sub-lineage, do in fact get reinfected with the BA.2 sub-lineage.

Van Kerkhove says preliminary results do not show an increased risk of getting reinfected.

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The World Health Organization has cautioned against the abolishing of Covid-19 isolation protocols.

The WHO’s Dr. Maria van Kerkhove says allowing people who test positive to continue engaging with others will lead to the further spread of the virus.

She says proper testing also ensures that those, who may end up in hospital with severe forms of the virus, get early treatment and care.

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The World Health Organization says the vast majority of people who currently are admitted to hospital for Covid-19 treatment are unvaccinated.

Technical Lead at the WHO Health Emergencies Programme, Dr. Maria van Kerkhove again reiterated that the only way in which people can protect themselves against severe forms of the disease is to get their injection as soon as possible.

Van Kerkhove says vaccination would also suppress the possibility of new variant from developing.

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