The subsequent two weeks are CRUCIAL in our bid to study extra concerning the Omicron variant, and simply how harmful this new pressure of COVID-19 might be. The latest developments are coming thick and fast, and we’ve obtained all the mandatory updates and findings as they roll in… You can observe each vital information replace because it occurs, through our stay weblog.
Latest information and updates on the Omicron variant, for Monday 6 December
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What will we learn about Omicron?
The Omicron variant was detected final month, and our pandemic trajectory was flipped on its head, primarily in a single day. On the identical day SA’s Health Department revealed this pressure got here with 30 completely different mutations, the world reacted by inserting Mzansi on journey pink lists, and shutting borders to anybody travelling from our Republic.
However, that unwarranted panic was proven up for the charade it actually was, when information emerged that the majority nations who had determined to shut-out South Africans had been already reporting instances of the Omicron variant.
New variant sparks panic
Despite having the potential to evade pure immunity and probably weaken vaccine-induced safety, main scientists have requested for calm to be restored. There’s a consensus rising that the present COVID-19 jabs, although not capable of forestall widespread transmission, WILL nonetheless give excessive ranges of immunity in opposition to ‘severe and fatal’ Omicron infections.
In the previous few days, very early and preliminary information would counsel that this new pressure is extra transmissible than its Delta predecessor, however most sufferers to date have proven solely delicate signs. More younger adults are being admitted to hospital in Tshwane – the so-called ‘Omicron epicentre’ – however only a few require superior medical remedy.
We’re possible seeing the impression of the vaccine at play, right here. Fewer aged residents are in hospital at this level in comparison with earlier waves, they usually additionally occur to be probably the most vaccinated cohort in South Africa. However, it’s nonetheless up within the air proper now – and no matter we study Omicron within the days forward, you’ll be the primary to know.