At least 23 countries have reported cases of the Omicron variant

the World Health Organization (WHO) said at least 23 countries have reported cases of the Omicron variant and that number is expected to grow. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus thanked Botswana and South Africa for detecting, sequencing and reporting this variant and condemned the travel bans on South Africa and other southern African nations after the announcement of the discovery.