No need to panic about new Covid-19 strain, say experts

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The spread of this variant is probably responsible for the sudden increase in infections in South Africa. Photo: Supplied
The spread of this variant is probably responsible for the sudden increase in infections in South Africa. Photo: Supplied

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The more than 30 mutations of B.1.1.529, now known as Omicron, probably make this strain of Sars-CoV-2 more contagious and may have an impact on the effectiveness of vaccines and previous disease to prevent infection, but there is no indication yet that it is more dangerous than other variants.

The spread of this variant is probably responsible for the sudden increase in infections in South Africa.

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