NICD covid-19 BA.2.75 COVID-19 XBB.1.5

COVID-19. Image: Twitter / @nicd_sa

Health Department says BA.2.75 Omicron sub-variant is of no concern

The department said BA.2.75 was first detected in July 2022 and it has made no impact. Social media posts doing the rounds claim the Omicron sub-variant is exceptionally deadly.

NICD covid-19 BA.2.75 COVID-19 XBB.1.5

COVID-19. Image: Twitter / @nicd_sa

The Department of Health said social media posts about the BA.2.75 sub-variant of COVID-19 Omicron are overstated and it was first detected in July 2022.


The messages on social media claim BA.2.75 is a new Omicron sub-variant that is deadlier than its predecessors. The Health Department confirmed its detection but said it is of interest and not of concern.

“Thus, it has not had any impact and severity as compared to the dominant sub-variants BA.4 and BA.5.

“We are in daily contact with the National Institute for Communicable Diseases and the Network for Genomic Surveillance teams, and there is no need for public panic because the sub-variant has not made any impact,” said the department.

Positive COVID-19 cases and deaths are still recorded on a weekly basis – the department said this is an indication that the pandemic is not over and “we are not entirely out of the woods” despite the lifting of restrictions.

Members of the public are encouraged to get vaccinated – if they have not done so – or get booster shots at their nearest designated public health facility.

Photo: Department of Health.