South African citizens complained over the weekend that the Chinese coronavirus’ latest superstar variant, now commonly referred to as the “Omicron variant”, has been closely identified with their nation.
South African scientists have claimed that the Omicron threat has been overhyped and they have been punished for their diligent work in isolating the tribe.
South Africans complained Over the weekend, the Omicron variant was actually discovered in Belgium, and the early cases were not linked to southern Africa. They said the B.1.1.529 strain, as it is technically classified, became known only as the “South Africa variant” because the laboratory in Durban, South Africa, quickly identified the new mutation of coronavirus and warned the rest of the world.
South Africans, including President Cyril Ramaphosa, complained that they were unfairly expelled and punished with travel bans.
Setting a travel ban on South Africa to warn the world of a new variant (due to excellent sequencing capacity) is like banning the room with the smoke detector when there is a fire in your house. # B11529 #New variant
– Clinton du Preez (@Cleintoon) November 26, 2021
“These restrictions are completely unjustified and unfairly discriminate against our country,” said President Ramaphosa. said.
Yale Institute of Global Health Director Saad Omer told NPR Sunday that South Africa’s treatment could set a worrying precedent that makes other countries think twice about isolating diseases and variants.
“You do not want a situation where a country’s health minister in a month’s gets the result of a sequenced virus and they say, ‘OK, if it’s that widespread, it’s going to come from another country anyway, why be the first? ‘ And that cycle starts, ”Omer said.
There has clearly been an increase in cases of coronavirus in South Africa, especially around the capital Pretoria, and many of the new cases appear to be Omicron. The strain appears to be more contagious, more resistant to vaccines and more likely to infect young children, but some South African doctors hopefully pointed to prove that Omicron infections are less serious.
Professor Salim Abdool Karim, a Medical Adviser to the South African Government, predicted Monday that South Africa’s infection rate could triple to over 10,000 by the end of this week. Reuters noted that “there has not been a steep increase in hospital admissions or [Chinese coronavirus] deaths associated with the new wave of infections.
South Africa has one of those higher vaccination rates in Africa, but still much lower than the United States or Europe. About 25 percent of South Africans have received at least one dose of a vaccine, compared to 64 percent in North America and 62 percent in Europe. Ramaphosa is reportedly considering an order to make vaccination mandatory in light of the Omicron increase.
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