A new warning from South African Scientists on Omicron

The daily number of new confirmed cases in South Africa almost multiplied to 8,561 cases in the last 24 hours.

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Leading South African scientists warned it is still too early to predict that the Omicron variant will only cause mild illness.

The impact of Coronavirus strain is currently hard to predict because it has so far affected young people mostly, whose immune system is able to fight off the disease, and people tend to get sicker after having the virus for some time, the scientists said in a presentation to their govt on Wednesday.

The daily number of new confirmed cases in South Africa almost multiplied to 8,561 cases in the last 24 hours. Omicron is now the dominant variant in the country.

The cases have found in “mostly in the younger age groups but now starting to see them moving to older age groups”, Michelle Groome, head of public health surveillance and response at the NICD, told the government. “We are expecting to that more severe complications may not present themselves for a few weeks.”

On Nov. 25, the South African government and scientists announced that a new variant, later christened omicron by the World Health Organization, had been found in the country. That triggered an equity market sell-off and led to the imposition of travel bans on several southern African nations.

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