Omicron variant, South Africa has been ‘punished’ for identifying it

November 29, 2021

south africa punished for detecting new omicron variant

South Africa is being “punished” for identifying the new Omicron variant of Covid-19, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dicro) has said in a statement.

South Africa had, as of Friday morning, detected roughly 50 cases of the new variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes Covid-19. Adding to alarm was a dump of more than 75,000 historic test results by health authorities, of which 18,000 were positive cases, on Monday night.

The United Kingdom, Germany and Italy have confirmed their first two cases of the new Omicron variant of coronavirus.
The variant has prompted several countries to impose restrictions such as travel bans on several southern African countries, against the advice of the World Health Organization, while others have imposed fresh lockdowns to contain the spread of Covid-19 new variant.
Early evidence suggests Omicron has a higher re-infection risk. The mutations in Omicron, also known as B.1.1.529, could help the virus evade the body’s immune response and make it more transmissible.

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