Omicron: “Scientists have found no evidence that this variant will create severe illness”: South African health minister

PRETORIA, November 26. / TASS /. South African doctors and experts have found no evidence that the new B.1.1.529 COVID-19 variant causes severe illnesses, Health Minister Joe Phaahla stated during a press conference on Friday.

“[At this stage], the scientists have found no evidence that this variant will create severe illnesses,” the health minister noted. He also emphasized that no scientific evidence regarding an increased aggressiveness of the B.1.1.529 variant had been reported so far. “Scientists have found no evidence that this variant is more transmissible,” Phaahla pointed out.

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