Omicron Sub Variants Make Up 97.5% Of All New COVID-19 Cases In China

The World Health Organisation (WHO) Technical Advisory Group on Virus Evolution (TAG-VE) which was recently in China to investigate the surge in new COVID-19 cases, has reported that Omicron still accounts for majority of infections together with its sub-variants BA.5.2 AND BF.7. By Michael Gwarisa The TAG-VE meets regularly to review the latest scientific evidence on circulating SARS-CoV-2 variants and advises WHO on whether a change in public health strategies is warranted. The TAG-VE met on 3 January 2023 to discuss the COVID-19 situation in mainland China. During the meeting,…

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Zimbabwe Records 5 000 COVID-19 Cumulative Deaths

Over 5 000 people in Zimbabwe succumbed to COVID-19 related illnesses from the first death recorded on March 23, 2020 to the last day of 2022. By Kuda Pembere During the period under discussion, 260 146 cases were identified since the first case discovered on March 20, 2020. Recovery-wise, 254 067 have recovered between March 2020 to December 31, 2022. As of today (31 December 2022), Zimbabwe has recorded 260 146 Cases, 254 067 recoveries and 5 639 Deaths,” read the Ministry of Health and Child Care COVID-19 situation update…

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Botswana Discovers New Omicron Sub Variant

THE BOTSWANA Ministry of Health and Wellness announced on Monday the discovery of a new Covid-19 variant. “Our scientists have been investigating new coronavirus mutations detected in Botswana,” said Dr Christopher Nyanga, permanent secretary from the Botswana Health Ministry. Nyanag said that on further analysis and verification, the mutations, which had been detected in four people in Botswana, had been noted as a new sub-lineage of the Omicron variant. “The preliminary finding of this new sub-lineage in Botswana has been designated as Omicron BA.4 and BA.5. “The four cases are…

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WHO Technical Advisory Team Warns That Omicron Reduces Vaccine Effectiveness…Calls For Development Of Stronger Vaccines

PRELIMINARY data from the World Health Organization (WHO) Technical Advisory Group on COVID-19 Vaccine Composition (TAG-CO-VAC) shows that the mutational profile of the Omicron strain reduces vaccine effectiveness in symptomatic patients. By Michael Gwarisa The technical advisory team also called for the urgent development of COVID-19 vaccines that have high impact on prevention of infection and transmission, in addition to the prevention of severe disease and death, are needed and should be developed so as to reduce the need for booster doses. Until such vaccines are available, and as the…

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Zimbabwe Told To Up Genomic Sequencing Game… As Omicron Outpaces Delta’s Infection Rate

FOLLOWING the detection of the Omicron or B.1.1.529 variant by South African scientists three weeks ago, it has emerged that the new strain could be infecting more people within a short space of time compared to the Delta strain which at some point was touted as the fastest growing variant. By Michael Gwarisa The Omicron variant, a highly mutated strain whose impact is feared could evade vaccine induced immunity and probably cause more severe symptoms, has to date been reported in 63 countries across the globe and in all continents…

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Zimbabwe Records Over 1000 New COVID-19 Cases

…As country detects new Omicron variant …Expert warns against Hard Lockdowns A total 1 042 new local cases of COVID-19 were recorded last night, signalling the arrival of a fourth wave that many public health experts fear could be more devastating compared to previous waves due to the absence of adequate healthcare personal to attend to hospitalisations and severe cases. By Michael Gwarisa According to the Ministry of Health and Child Care’s (MoHCC) daily situation report of December, 2 2021, 80 of the new 1042 are cases were detected from…

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