US President calls Omicron COVID-19 Variant cause for concern, not Panic
- US President Joe Biden has called the Omicron COVID variant a cause for concern and not a cause for panic, one day after it was detected in North America.
- He said, he sees no need for a lockdown for now, adding, if people are vaccinated and wear their masks.
- Cases have been found in Canada and the US has imposed travel bans on eight African countries.
- Despite vaccines and Mr Biden's vow to shut down the virus, more Americans died this year from COVID than last.