The new Omicron variant is ‘super mild’ and so far has not led to a jump in Covid-19 death rates anywhere in Southern Africa, reported CITY A.M., a London-based business newspaper.
Recently, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has lashed out at many countries for imposing a strict travel restriction ban on South-African countries and called the travel ban step “extreme.”
According to the WHO, the new Omicron variant is not more lethal than the previous Delta variant. Most patients infected with the Omicron variant experience a severe headache, nausea, dizziness and a high pulse rate.
South Africa’s health minister Joe Phaahla said that the majority of cases of Omicron have been ‘mild’ in the country.
The persons infected with Omicron have complained about feeling nausea, headaches, fatigue, and a high pulse rate, but none of them have suffered from a loss of taste or smell, which has been the case with other Covid-19 variants.
The Southern Africa virologist Marc van Ranst said, “If the omicron variant is less pathogenic but with greater infectivity, allowing Omicron to replace Delta, this would be very positive.”
“It is extremely important we need to closely monitor the clinical data of Omicron patients in South Africa and worldwide,” said Van Ranst.
Worth mentioning, ‘Omicron’, the new variant of Covid-19, has more than 30 mutations. India has reported 21 omicron-positive cases so far.