New Covid-19 Subvariant Omicron BA.2.75 Detected in South Africa, How Dangerous Is It?

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A new sub-variant of Covid-19 Omicron called BA.2.75 has been discovered by the National Health Department in South Africa. However, the new sub variant is said to have had no impact at this point.

Health department spokesman Foster Mohale said on Thursday that this subvariant was first discovered in July in a sample in Gauteng and had not been detected in other areas since, the Xinhua news agency reported.

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“It matters and doesn’t matter. So it didn’t have any impact and severity compared to the dominant subvariants BA.4 and BA.5,” Mohale added.

The spokesperson told Xinhua that BA.4 and BA.5 were still the most dominant subvariants in South Africa, but that they were less severe due to higher levels of immunity. The department urged people not to panic.

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However, with South Africa having lifted all major Covid-19 lockdown restrictions as the number of new cases continued to decline, the health department said the pandemic was not over. Mohale encouraged those who were not vaccinated to get the vaccines and get booster shots to protect themselves. More than 50 percent of the population in South Africa has been vaccinated.

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