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New COVID-19 variant casts pall, shocks experts in South Africa

The World Health Organization has classified the omicron variant as a highly transmissible variant of concern, though its actual risks are not yet understood. Early evidence suggests it poses an increased risk that people who have already had COVID-19 could catch it again, the WHO said. It could take weeks to know if current vaccines are less effective against it.

In omicron hot spot, somber mood as South Africa faces variant

Gauteng province, home to Pretoria and South Africa's largest city of Johannesburg, is the center of a surge in new COVID-19 infections linked to the new Omicron variant. So far, cases there appear to be mild, according to doctors, and hospital admissions have not spiked.

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In omicron hot spot, somber mood as South Africa faces variant

Gauteng province, home to Pretoria and South Africa's largest city of Johannesburg, is the center of a surge in new COVID-19 infections linked to the new Omicron variant. So far, cases there appear to be mild, according to doctors, and hospital admissions have not spiked.