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Covid-19: Joburg mayor turns to experts to plot response to Omicron variant amid fourth wave fears

Mpho Phalatse, the mayor of Johannesburg, will meet with technical specialists after a spike in Covid-19 cases in the province and the finding of the Omicron strain. Phalatse said in a statement that she is worried about the new variety and would confer with specialists in order to "understand the variant in order to direct the City's reaction to the variant."Johannesburg, <a class=Mpho Phalatse."/>

"At the moment, there is little information on this novel variation, as experts continue to investigate it," Phalatse said. "The City is continuing mass vaccination of citizens and intends to reach a greater number of individuals since the vaccine rollout is important for mitigating the fourth wave's effect. The immunization campaign is critical in the effort to contain the spread of Covid-19 infection, since vaccines have been shown to reduce the risk of mortality in people who get them."See the source image

The fourth wave was expected to reach its zenith in mid-December. However, Phalatse said that further data modeling will be accessible in the following weeks. As of Friday, the province has reported 2 173 new Covid-19 infections, accounting for 77 percent of the country's total new cases.See the source image

The Gauteng health department said in a statement on Friday that the number of cases this week was four times that of prior weeks, "leading to an approaching fourth wave." Johannesburg's municipal government recommended citizens to continue wearing masks in public, sanitize their hands, and exercise social distance.

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