Zimbabwe Records First Omicron Variant Linked Case

Zimbabwe has confirmed the presence of the Omicron variant in the country, making it the third Southern African country to have conformed the strain after South Africa and Botswana.

By Michael Gwarisa

Speaking on national Television, Vice President, Dr Constantino Chiwenga, who is also Zimbabwe’s Health and Child Care Minister did not however indicate the number of cases linked to the new coronavirus strain.

We are now in a particularly dangerous period once again, where the fourth wave is slowly visiting us with the identification of the B.1.1.529 or the Omicron variant of COVID-19,” said Dr Chiwenga.

Zimbabwe has over the past few days recorded sharp increase in COVID-19 cases with majority of new infections having been recorded in institutions of learning.

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