Anthony Fauci noted that “when there is a virus showing this level of transmission, it will almost always spread everywhere.”

The head of the National Institute of Allergic and Infectious Diseases of the USA Anthony Fauci believes that a new strain of coronavirus – “Omicron” – could have already entered the country, but no such cases have yet been identified.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s the case, but we haven’t identified the virus yet. However, when there is a virus demonstrating such a level of transmission, and there are also travel-related cases reported in other places, it [the virus] will almost always spread everywhere,” the chief infectious disease specialist said in an interview with NBC on Saturday.

According to him, the issue of the travel ban from a certain country is to give time for a better assessment of the situation. “That’s the reason to do it. But there is no reason to panic, although we need time to fill in the gaps of what we don’t know right now,” Fauci said.

As a precautionary measure, several countries have announced the termination of air traffic with South Africa and other southern African States. The authorities of Germany and the Czech Republic reported on suspicion of the first cases of infection with the omicron strain on Saturday, several cases were confirmed in the UK.