The head of the National Emergency, Skender Brataj, sounded the alarm that the war in Ukraine could lead to the emergence of a new variant of the coronavirus. He made that revelation in a talk show on News24 TV on Wednesday evening explaining that the large gathering of Ukrainians in the basements, staying there for a long time in unventilated and cold environments could lead to the widespread spread of the coronavirus, which could create a new variant of the virus, which would spread throughout the world.
The first group of Ukrainian refugees arrived in Albania on Wednesday entering from North Macedonia. It is not known their destination but some have said they wanted to stay in Pogradec while some others preferred to settle down in southern coastal areas.
According to Brataj, a very important measure is vaccination from the age of 12 for everyone. “Omicron will not leave anyone, vaccinated or unvaccinated, unaffected. Seeing the large number of crows of people, a new variant may arise as Russia and Ukraine are not well with the level of vaccination. A new variant is coming out, we have seen it spread all over the world,” he said.
Vaccination is the safest weapon at the moment, Brataj said, adding that Albania is still gripped with the pandemic. But, according to him, a calm spring and summer and a further easing of the measures is expected.
The committee of experts lifted the lockdown which was in force from 00.23 to 00.6 in the morning starting from March 3.
“The problem is autumn and next winter. The whole world is expected to pass into the stage of endemic,” Brataj announced. / Argumentum.al