Uptick in Covid-19 numbers as govt mull over mandatory vax

South Africa’s Covid-19 positivity rate currently stands at 9.8%. This comes after 2 858 new positive cases were reported in the last 24 hours. During his address to the nation last night, President Cyril Ramaphosa said the increase in cases can be attributed to the new Omicron variant that was[…]

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Australia detects first Covid-19 Omicron infections

Health officials said Sunday they had detected the Covid-19 Omicron strain in Australia for the first time in two passengers who were tested after flying into Sydney from southern Africa. The eastern state of New South Wales’ health authority said it had conducted urgent genomic testing and confirmed the new[…]

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UK confirms first two cases of new covid strain

Britain on Saturday confirmed its first two cases of the new Omicron strain of COVID-19, both linked to travel from southern Africa, and expanded travel restrictions on the region. “After overnight genome sequencing, the UK Health Security Agency has confirmed that two cases of COVID-19 with mutations consistent with B.1.1.529[…]

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Saudi Arabia suspends flights to and from 7 African countries due to new COVID-19 variant

Saudi Arabia announced the suspension of flights from seven African countries on Friday, due to the emergence of a new variant of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The Ministry of Interior said it had been decided to suspend flights from and to South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Lesotho and Eswatini, based on the continuous[…]

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