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The NICD said the XBB sublineage is one of more than 200 Omicron sublineages circulating in SA. XBB.1.5 may not necessarily cause a new wave of infections due to the high levels of population immunity, among other reasons.
‘The advice we received is that there is no need to impose travel restrictions or restrictions within our borders,” said Phaahla.
The Minister of Health called a briefing on Tuesday to provide an update on the COVID-19 situation in South Africa.
The newly-discovered XBB.1.5 variant of COVID-19 is the most transmissible and the first case has been reported in South Africa
The WHO said the XBB.1.5 subvariant is the most transmissible one detected yet. It has rapidly replaced other circulating variants in the US and some countries in Europe.
The omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, has now been around for more than a year.
Flexible working arrangements like those introduced during the Covid-19 crisis are not only good for employees but also boost productivity and potentially a business’s bottom line.
Higher borrowing costs are leading to fewer US home sales, but prices are staying elevated in a holdover from the torrid peak-pandemic market.
Sales of new cars in Britain sank in 2022 to their lowest level in three decades, plagued by parts shortages and Covid-linked supply chain woes.
A senior doctor at one of Shanghai’s top hospitals has said 70 percent of the megacity’s population may have been infected with Covid-19.
China said all the Covid-19 data it has shared has been transparent, despite its hospitals being overwhelmed and its official figures on infections and deaths being tiny compared with other countries.
The United States is considering Covid entry restrictions for travelers from China, after Beijing dramatically loosened hardline containment measures this month.
Japan will require Covid-19 tests on arrival for travellers from mainland China, after Beijing announced it will end inbound quarantine requirements.
China said Wednesday that not a single person had died of Covid-19 the previous day, after changing the criteria for recording virus deaths to mean most are no longer counted.
The World Bank slashed its China growth forecast for the year as the pandemic and weaknesses in the property sector hit the world’s second largest economy.