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Don’t Panic! Health SA Debunks Rumors of Deadly Covid Omicron Xbb

The South African Department of Health has raised concerns over circulating fake Covid-19 Omicron XBB variant news on social media, urging people to wear face masks due to its deadly and difficult to detect nature, urging public vigilantes.

What is Omicron Xbb?

Don't Panic! Health SA Debunks Rumors of Deadly Covid Omicron Xbb
Don’t Panic! Health SA Debunks Rumors of Deadly Covid Omicron Xbb

Omicron Xbb is the latest in a series of purported mutations of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the causative agent of COVID-19. Rumors surrounding this variant suggest that it is exceptionally virulent and resistant to existing vaccines, leading to fears of another devastating wave of infections and fatalities.

The Department of Health continue to state that;

The fact of the matter is COVID-19 remains circulating at relatively low levels around the country just like in other parts of the world.

Thus, there is no need for public to panic because many people have developed some level of immunity from both vaccine and infections. The current strain or variant in circulation is less severe and less transmissible.

Taking protective measures in our daily lives, including non-pharmaceutical interventions including hand hygiene, will help to prevent the spread of other respiratory infections including influenza.

The department will keep the public abreast as and when there is a surge in cases of illness caused by any virus of concern or outbreak of any disease.

For more information and media enquiries, please contact:

Foster Mohale
National Department of Health Spokesperson
072 432 3792 


Doctor Tshwale
Minister of Health’s Spokesperson
063 657 8487 

Source: www.gov.za


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