Thursday, September 15, 2022

The Health Department warns the public about misleading message on COVID-19 variant

The Health Ministry has noted the circulation on the social media platforms about the detection of a new sub-variant of COVID-19 Omicron called BA.2.75.

The ministry confirms that this sub-variant (BA.2.75) was first detected in July 2022, but is of interest, and not of concern. Thus, it has not had any impact and severity as compared to the dominant sub-variants BA.4 and BA.5.

The Ministry has said “We are in daily contact with the National Institute for Communicable Diseases and the Network for Genomic Surveillance teams, and there is no need for public panic because the sub-variant has not made any impact, the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions doesn't mean the pandemic is over, hence we encourage all unvaccinated and partly vaccinated people to vaccinate and also get booster shots at their nearest public health facility. This is because the department continues to record positive cases and deaths related to COVID-19 on a weekly basis”

Done by Lizeka Tsotetsi


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