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COVID-19 VARIANT

AWITI: What we know about Omicron

African governments must ramp up vaccine campaigns to increase coverage, especially among the elderly.

In Summary

• The discovery of Omicron in South Africa and Botswana prompted hasty response, initially imposing travel from countries in Southern Africa.

• But since researchers began to look at the data, it is becoming increasingly clear that Omicron had been spreading for several weeks in many countries without detection.

Uganda confirmed the first cases of the Omicron variant of SARS-Cov-2. Seven travellers who arrived at Entebbe airport tested positive. A week ago, a traveller from Tanzania tested positive for the ...