While PCR tests can detect infection with Omicron, studies are looking to whether the Covid-19 variant of concern has any impact on other test types, the WHO said Sunday.
“The widely-used PCR tests continue to detect infection, including infection with Omicron, as we have seen with other variants,” the World Health Organization said in an update on what is known so far about the new variant.
“Studies are ongoing to determine whether there is any impact on other types of tests, including rapid antigen detection tests.”
The WHO on Friday declared Omicron, first detected earlier this month in southern Africa, to be a variant of concern.
The classification put Omicron into the most troubling category of Covid-19 variants, along with the globally dominant Delta, and its weaker rivals Alpha, Beta and Gamma.
Omicron spread across the globe on Sunday, shutting borders and renewing curbs as the EU chief said governments faced a “race against time” to understand the strain.
Source: Guardian Newspaper