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WHO says measures against delta work for omicron variant too

Regional director tells Asia-Pacific nations to prepare for new surges in cases

In this handout photo from the World Health Organization, WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific Dr. Takeshi Kasai speaks in Manila on Nov. 11.   © Reuters

MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- World Health Organization officials in the Western Pacific say border closures adopted by some countries may buy time to deal with the omicron coronavirus variant, but measures put in place and experience gained in dealing with the delta variant should remain the foundation for fighting the pandemic.

While a few regional countries are facing surges, COVID-19 cases and deaths in many others have decreased and plateaued, WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific Dr. Takeshi Kasai told reporters Friday in a virtual news conference broadcast from Manila, Philippines.

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