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South Africa Says Omicron Cases Are Rising, Symptoms Mild

  • Most hospitalizations are among people who aren’t vaccinated
  • WHO warned Monday of global surges linked to new Covid variant
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Omicron: What We Know, What We Don't Know
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The new coronavirus variant appears to be more transmissible than its predecessors although most cases have been mild so far, according to scientists advising the South African government.  

In South Africa, where omicron was first detected, officials said most new hospital admissions are unvaccinated, and anecdotal evidence suggests they are presenting with similar illnesses as before.