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Omicron COVID Strain
The new COVID variant was initially detected in South Africa and Botswana and sparked major concerns due to its high number of mutations (32). The WHO dubbed the strain Omicron and warned it may prove to be more transmissible and dangerous than other coronavirus variants.

President Ramaphosa Delivers Speech on South Africa's COVID Fight Amid Spread of Omicron Strain

© REUTERS / POOLFILE PHOTO: South African President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses a press conference after the G20 Compact with Africa conference at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany August 27, 2021. Tobias Schwarz/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: South African President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses a press conference after the G20 Compact with Africa conference at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany August 27, 2021. Tobias Schwarz/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo - Sputnik International, 1920, 28.11.2021
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Since the cases of the new coronavirus variant were detected in South Africa on 24 November, the World Health Organisation has dubbed the strain "Omicron" and said some of its mutations are "concerning".
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is delivering a speech on Sunday to update the nation about the governement's response to the pandemic.
The address comes as more nations are raising the alarm over the spread of new COVID-19 variant, Omicron, first deteced in South Africa and Botswana on 24 November.
The strain, that was dubbed a "variant of concern" by the WHO, has so far been registered in a number of countries, such as the Netherlands, Germany, and the United Kingdom and is deemed to be highly transmittable due to a large number of mutations in the spike protein.
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