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Botswana Sees No Surge In Covid Hospitalizations Despite It Being, One Of The First Countries To Detect Omicron


09/12/2021


Botswana Sees No Surge In Covid Hospitalizations Despite It Being, One Of The First Countries To Detect Omicron
Despite being one of the first nations to identify the Omicron variant of thee coronavirus, Botswana has managed to fully vaccinate 71 per cent of its 1.3 million eligible people, according to the country's health minister. The country has also not witnessed any surge in hospitalizations from Covid-19 infections.
 
Scientists and governments have expressed concern about the severely altered form, which is largely projected to become dominant due to its high transmissibility. At least 57 nations have been affected already by the Omicron variant.
 
"Currently we only have one person in ICU (intensive care). But there is a trend that we have noticed which is that those that get seriously ill have not been vaccinated," Health Minister Edwin Dikoloti told a news conference.
 
More data is needed to determine the severity of illness caused by the Omicron variation and if its mutations could diminish protection from vaccine-derived immunity, according to the World Health Organization's weekly epidemiological report released on Wednesday.
 
In the week leading up to December 5, the number of reported Covid-19 cases in South Africa more than doubled to over 62,000, with "quite high" increases in frequency noted in Eswatini, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, and Lesotho.
 
According to the research leader of a laboratory at the Africa Health Research Institute in South Africa, the Omicron version can partially dodge protection from two doses of the vaccine made by Pfizer Inc and BioNTech, according to the results of a small, limited study.
 
(Source:www.reuters.com)