Cases of the Omicron variant have reached 25 in Botswana


Among the 2.35 inhabitants of Botswana, 25 have the Omicron variant.

Botswana’s Health Minister announced on Wednesday that 25 cases of the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant have been identified in the African country so far.

Edwin Dikolotti told reporters in the capital Gaborone that although the variant is known to have multiple mutations and is more contagious, “we do not know if it is more lethal or not and how effective the vaccines are against it.”

On the vaccination front

At the front of the immunization campaign, according to the minister, by Monday at least one dose of their COVID-19 vaccine had been received by 1,094,388 citizens and permanent residents over the age of 18, ie 78.7% of the target population , while 982,275 people, or 70.6% of the target population, had been fully vaccinated.

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“Botswana has exceeded its target of vaccinating 64% of the target population by the end of 2021, and the WHO target of vaccinating all 40% of the population. “who can be immunized by the end of the month”, underlined Mr. Dikolotti.

To date, Botswana has recorded 2,420 deaths from coronavirus out of a total of 195,552 reported infections from SARS-CoV-2.

Source: ΑΠΕ

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