U.S. to Lift Travel Restrictions for Southern African Countries

By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Dec. 27, 2021 (HealthDay News) – Starting Dec. 31, the United States will lift travel restrictions from eight countries in southern Africa. The restrictions were first announced in late November in response to concerns about Omicron, the new highly contagious variant of COVID-19. Omicron was … Read more

Omicron symptoms mild so far – South African doctor

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Dr Angelique Coetzee, the South African doctor who first spotted the new Covid variant Omicron, says the patients seen so far have had “extremely mild symptoms” – but more time is needed before we know the seriousness of the disease for vulnerable people. Watch her tell the BBC’s Andrew Marr how patients in South Africa … Read more

South African variant: ‘Cases not linked’

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Dr Susan Hopkins, of Public Health England, has said cases of the South African variant “do not appear linked at the moment”. However, she adds that it has slightly more mutations in the spike protein which is perhaps causing vaccines to have “diminished effectiveness” although they still work very well. Around 80,000 people in England … Read more