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Omicron variant Covid-19

A healthcare worker prepares to conduct a PCR Covid-19 test on a traveller at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. The Omicron variant is more likely to cause Covid-19 re-infection compared to the Delta and Beta variants, a study that is yet to be peer-reviewed has shown.

Photo credit: Phill Magakoe | AFP

Latest reports indicate that Omicron, the new Covid-19 variant, has been identified in 10 European countries, Japan, China, Canada and the United States. Believed to be more infectious than previous variants by virtue of its higher number of mutations, Omicron has compelled countries to introduce measures to prevent a potential crisis.


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