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Omicron: Why WHO Skipped Two Greek Letters While Naming The Covid Variant?

Amid rising concerns and countries putting up new restrictions, many are perplexed about the name of the new variant that Was First Dubbed As ‘Botswana Variant’ on being detected in South Africa.

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New Covid Variant ‘Omicron’ has caused concern across the world. The variant, which was first detected in South Africa, has now been confirmed in 23 countries by WHO. Amid rising concerns and countries putting up new restrictions, many are perplexed about the name of the new variant that Was First Dubbed As ‘Botswana Variant’ on being detected in South Africa.

WHO skipped two Greek letters Nu & Xi while naming the new variant. WHO sources have stated that ‘Nu’ was skipped to avoid confusion with the word ‘New’ and  ‘Xi’ was avoided for being a common last name in a region.

It is the first time that WHO has avoided these letters while naming a Covid variant.

Meanwhile, In India, travellers arriving from at-risk countries  will have to undergo mandatory testing on arrival at the airport. If tested negative, they would still need to isolate themselves at home for 7 days and get re-tested on the eighth day. If tested positive, they will be admitted at a separate isolation facility.

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