South Africa : Cases of Omicron Variant double in a day

South Africa : Cases of Omicron Variant double in a day

South Africa : Cases of Omicron Variant double in a day

The heavily mutated Omicron variant of the coronavirus is rapidly becoming dominant in South Africa, less than four weeks after being identified there, authorities said, as other countries tightened their borders against the new threat.

Health officials say the new coronavirus variant Omicron has now become dominant in South Africa and is driving a sharp increase in new infections. Some 8,500 new infections were registered in the latest daily figures.

South African doctors earlier said that they found mild diseases in Omicron cases. But scientists are saying it is still too early to determine whether going forward Omicron will only cause mild illness. The symptoms reported were mild as the cases were mostly reported in younger age groups but now older age groups are also becoming the target of this variant.

Experts say that it’s too early to be certain that the omicron variant is responsible for the rise in cases, but it is very possible. Standard PCR tests can suggest that a positive case is caused by Omicron, but only a full genetic sequencing can confirm it.