Covid-19: The new Omicron subvariant has arrived in South Africa
The new Omicron subvariant, XBB.1.5, was discovered in South Africa. Scientists from the African country officially hardest hit by the Covid-19 pandemic do not fear a new “big wave” of contamination.
South Africa has reported its first cases of the Omicron subvariant named XBB.1.5. However, a “big wave” is not to be expected.
“Due to the high immunity of the population and previous waves of omicron variants, I do not expect a large wave of infections with hospitalizations in South Africa,” Tulio de Oliveira, who rose to fame, said on Twitter after discovering the beta and omicron variants.
South Africa, which detected the first case of Omicron in late 2021, has recorded more than four million cases of coronavirus with more than 102,500 deaths. 48% of the eligible population is vaccinated.
XBB.1.5, grandson of the Omicron family, is the “most transmissible subvariant discovered to date,” the World Health Organization (WHO) warned this week.
According to Tulio de Oliveira, it was discovered this Friday, January 6, in a sample taken at the end of December, but at that time no “increase in the number of cases, hospitalizations or deaths” was detected.