The Ministry of Health has announced that passengers from South Africa, Botswana and Hong Kong will be subjected to enhanced Covid-19 surveillance measures after reports emerged that the said countries have reported a new variant.
In a statement earlier today, the ministry of health director general Dr. Patrick Amoth said that response measures in those countries are not very clear hence raising concerns over potential new threat. Dr. Amoth said that so far, cases of the new variant are restricted to the three countries stating that given its ease of transmission and a global return to mass movements, there is need for increased vigilance at all our points of entry.
"Whilst passenger traffic may not be as significant from neighbouring Namibia, Lesotho, Botswana, Eswatini and Zimbabwe, enhanced surveillance protocols like quarantine and repeat testing will be applied to all passengers from all countries reporting the new variant," Said Dr. Amoth. The new variant carries 32 mutations which makes it highly transmissible and with potential for vaccine escape.
Content created and supplied by: RonnyMasiga_1 (via Opera News )
Opera News is a free to use platform and the views and opinions expressed herein are solely those of the author and do not represent, reflect or express the views of Opera News. Any/all written content and images displayed are provided by the blogger/author, appear herein as submitted by the blogger/author and are unedited by Opera News. Opera News does not consent to nor does it condone the posting of any content that violates the rights (including the copyrights) of any third party, nor content that may malign, inter alia, any religion, ethnic group, organization, gender, company, or individual. Opera News furthermore does not condone the use of our platform for the purposes encouraging/endorsing hate speech, violation of human rights and/or utterances of a defamatory nature. If the content contained herein violates any of your rights, including those of copyright, and/or violates any the above mentioned factors, you are requested to immediately notify us using via the following email address operanews-external(at)opera.com and/or report the article using the available reporting functionality built into our Platform See More