A “disturbing” number… What happens in the “focus” of the emergence of the new mutant?


Health data in South Africa revealed that hospital admissions of people with the emerging coronavirus increased by 300 percent in the region in which the “Omicron” mutant appeared, amid global fears that it would spread faster and more deadly.

And the British newspaper, “Daily Mail”, reported that 580 people were hospitalized in Gauteng, which includes the city of Johannesburg, due to infection with “Covid 19”, during the current week.

On the other hand, only 135 people were hospitalized as a result of infection with the Corona virus, two weeks ago, and this means a significant increase in the number of people suffering from symptoms when infected with the virus.

The epidemiological situation is worsening in this African country, while figures indicate that less than 40 percent of the population of the Gauteng region have received the first dose of the vaccine.

Experts warn that the vaccination rate in this region, which has a population of 12 million, is the third lowest in the country.

Last week, the “Omicron” mutant was detected in 77 cases of infection in the region, amid fears that it will be the fastest spreading so far, and may affect the immunity conferred by vaccination, due to the large number of mutations.

But South African health officials reported reassuring news, saying that the symptoms that appeared on those infected with the new mutation appeared to be moderate.

Angelique Cotes, a member of the South African Medical Association, said symptoms from the new mutation appeared to be mild “compared to those treated before”.

She added that these symptoms range from feeling tired to muscle pain, and she added, “What we have noticed so far, is that those who have contracted it, do not suffer from a loss of their senses of smell and taste, and they also have a slight cough.”

She indicated that some of those infected with the new mutation of the emerging corona virus are subject to treatment in their homes, which means that their condition is not dangerous.

Scientists are still waiting to obtain sufficient data on who has been infected to determine the severity of the new mutation, and whether it is actually able to undermine the efficacy of vaccines against infection.

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