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COVID surge in South Africa driven by omicron sub-variants, experts say

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A surge of new COVID-19 cases is threatening South Africa. 

Health experts say infections are driven by two sub-variants of omicron. 

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The BA.4 and BA.5 strains of omicron – which appear to be very much like the original strain of omicron – make up the majority of the new cases, according to Professor Marta Nunes, a researcher at Vaccine and Infectious Diseases Analytics at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital.

“The majority of new cases are from these two strains. They are still omicron … but just genomically somewhat different,” she told The Associated Press, noting that there is a small increase in hospitalizations and “really very few deaths.” 

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