New sub-variant of Covid-19 Omicron detected in South Africa

The Spokesperson told Xinhua that BA.4 and BA.5 continued to be the most dominant sub-variants in South Africa but they were less severe due to higher levels of immunity. The department called on the people not to panic.

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The National Health Department of South Africa has confirmed the detection of a new sub-variant of Covid-19 Omicron called BA.2.75 but said that the new sub-variant has not had any impact at present.

Health department spokesperson Foster Mohale on Thursday said that this sub-variant was first detected in July in one sample in Gauteng and since then, it was yet to be detected in other areas again, Xinhua news agency reported.