“I am deeply concerned that this strain could become as contagious as Delta and as dangerous as Ebola.

The less infection we allow, the better, "the WAZ newspaper quoted him as saying.

Montgomery noted that there is no exact data on the danger of the omicron strain, but it "spreads very quickly."

Earlier, the World Health Organization reported that existing PCR tests are capable of recognizing a new variant of the omicron coronavirus.