after the United States, the new subvariant is in South Africa

“I don’t expect a big wave of infections with hospitalizations in South Africa due to high population immunity and previous waves of Omicron variants,” the virology star said on Twitter on Friday. South African, Tulio de Oliveira, who became famous for spotting the Beta and Omicron variants.

South Africa, which detected the first case of Omicron at the end of 2021, has recorded more than four million cases of coronavirus for more than 102,500 deaths. Some 48% of the eligible population are vaccinated.

XBB.1.5, grandson of the Omicron family, is the “most transmissible subvariant detected so far,” the World Health Organization (WHO) warned this week.

On the way to becoming dominant

The subvariant was detected in the southern African country on Friday in a sample taken at the end of December, according to Mr de Oliveira, but no “increase in the number of cases, hospitalizations or deaths” has been seen so far. stadium.

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