We have reported that the South African Medical Association spread the hysteria of the new Omicron mutation of the C-19 virus.
Angelique Coetzee, South African Medical Association’s chairwoman, rang the alarm about the new C-19 variant and added that the virus caused unusual but mild symptoms.
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This Monday, the Assistant Minister of Health and Wellness testified in a parliament hearting and said they hadn’t identified any cases needing oxygen support or hospitalization. The Assistant minister Sethomo Lelatisiteswe, Botswana, has 15 Omicron cases, three of them had mild symptoms, and the rest didn’t show anything. Out of the 15 infected cases, 11 were vaccinated, and four were unvaccinated. The people who didn’t get the vaccine didn’t show symptoms at all.
Until today the country has 19 identified Omicron cases. Four were foreign nationals on a diplomatic mission and left the country immediately after the diagnosis.
Below you can read an excerpt of the assistant minister’s statement from the parliament meeting:
Mr Speaker, as part of their routine genomic surveillance of SARS-COV-2, our local scientists detected this variant on four foreign nationals who had visited Botswana on a diplomatic mission earlier this month. At the conclusion of their mission in Botswana, the quartet tested positive for COVID-19 after conducting their pre-travel tests. Their COVID-19 variant was confirmed as B 1. 1. 529 on 24 November 2021, and has now been renamed Omicron.
Mr Speaker, following this development, contact tracing was immediately conducted and all contacts tested negative for the COVID-19. Further assessments and analysis of other positive COVID-19 samples have up to now produced 15 more cases of the new Omicron variant. This means that to date Botswana has recorded a total of 19 cases of the new variant. We continue to expand contact tracing to ensure that we do not leave any potential case undetected.
Mr Speaker, fourteen (14) of the nineteen (19) cases were reported in the Greater Gaborone DHMT area, four (4) are from the Serowe/Palapye DHMT area, while Kgatleng DHMT reported one (1) case. All cases reported by the Serowe/Palapye DHMT are truck drivers who were detected at a point of entry (Martins Drift), as part of COVID-19 screening strategy for arrivals. The case reported by Kgatleng DHMT was of an individual who resides in South Africa and had visited his family in Botswana, and tested as pre-travel test requirement. Given this short characterization, it appears to us that most of the 19 cases so far detected in Botswana are imported cases.
The latest details from the Mmgi local news, “the country’s COVID-19 cases, however, remain low with an update from the government this evening showing 602 active cases as at November 26. The country has thus far fully vaccinated 33.3 percent of adults, with 60.2 percent having received their first dose.”