South African President on Omicron: We may face a fourth wave of the pandemic

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The President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa expected his country to face a fourth wave of the Corona virus pandemic due to the spread of the “Omicron” strain, which he said is behind most infections in the most populous province of Gauteng.

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Rawavosa indicated, in a speech he delivered this evening, Sunday, that the new “Omicron” strain that was discovered in South Africa led to an outbreak of the virus in Gauteng province, where it was found that most patients were infected with this mutant.

He pointed out that experts will determine in the coming days whether this strain causes a more dangerous course of the “Covid-19” disease during infection.

Ramaphosa stressed, “We may be facing a fourth wave of the Corona virus pandemic within a few weeks, if the number of infections continues to rise.”

He called for the need to vaccinate the most vulnerable groups with booster doses of vaccines. He also mentioned that the authorities will study the necessity of imposing mandatory vaccination in some areas and in the framework of some types of activities.

The South African President also pointed out the need to focus on resolving the issue of inequality in access to vaccines among countries of the world, rather than stopping the transport movement with his country.

“We call on all countries that have imposed travel bans on our country and sister countries in southern Africa to immediately rescind their decisions before our economy suffers any consequential damage,” he said.

The first infection with the “B.1.1.529” strain, which the World Health Organization later called “Omicron”, was recorded in Botswana on November 11, in a South African, where the largest number of patients was detected.

This copy carries a record number of mutations as 50, including more than 30 mutations in the Spike protein through which the virus infiltrates the human body, amid widespread fears that this strain is more contagious than its predecessors and is able to resist vaccines.

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