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WHO: new virus variant poses 'very high' risk

This Northstar article highlights the impact of the rapidly spreading Omicron variant. At Meeting Escrow, we are seeing meeting and conference organizers looking for financial risk assurances due to the ongoing uncertainty. Meeting Escrow can provide options for planners to use in the case of program cancellations or postponements.

Northstar - November 30, 2021 - "The World Health Organization warned Monday that global risk from Covid's Omicron variant is "very high" based on the early evidence, saying the mutated coronavirus could lead to surges with "severe consequences."

The assessment from the U.N. health agency, contained in a technical paper issued to member states, amounted to WHO's strongest, most explicit warning yet about the new version that was first identified days ago by researchers in South Africa. It came as a widening circle of countries around the world reported cases of the variant and moved to slam their doors in an act-now-ask-questions-later approach, while scientists race to figure out just how dangerous the mutant version might be."


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