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Scared of China: Twitter up in arms after WHO avoids Greek alphabet Xi and names new COVID-19 variant Omicron

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WHO on Saturday named the new COVID-19 variant B.1.1.529, which has been detected in South Africa, as 'Omicron'. Meanwhile, Twitter users were up in arms after the WHO skipped two Greek alphabets Nu and Xi, and chose Omicron instead. Many on Twitter speculated that the WHO skipped Nu to avoid confusion with the word “new” and skipped Xi because it could have been misconstrued as a reference to Chinese President Xi Jinping.