The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Friday said that no death has been reported due to the new Covid variant Omicron.
Despite a growing number of countries reporting infections with the new variant, no deaths have yet been reported to the UN health agency.
However, the world highest health body was collecting evidence about the variant of concern, as countries around the world scramble to stop it from spreading.
The WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeier told the reporters in Geneva that he has not seen reports of Omicron-related deaths yet. The more countries keep testing people, and looking specifically into the Omicron variant, we will also find more cases, more information, and, hopefully not, but also possibly deaths, he said.
The WHO said it will take several weeks to get a full picture of the transmissibility and disease severity of Omicron and to assess how vaccines, tests and treatments hold up against the new variant. As Omicron spreads, pieces of information are emerging from various countries.
While Omicron has rattled the world, Lindmeier also urged people to be mindful of the Delta variant, which accounts for 99.8 percent of sequences uploaded to the GISAID global science initiative with specimens collected in the last 60 days.
The spokesman urged people to use proven measures protect themselves against Delta — and thereby against Omicron.