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SA Has No Reason To Be Concerned About new COVID-19 Variant – De Oliveira

Researcher and virologist Professor Tulio de Oliveira said that there was no cause for concern regarding the last COVID-19 infection news.

The national Health Department on Wednesday confirmed the first case of the new COVID-19 sub-variant EG.5 or Eris.

Officials said it was found in a sample taken from a patient in Gauteng.

De Oliveira is the head of the KwaZulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform (KRISP).

He said that since the end of 2021, we’ve had various lineages of Omicron circulating in South Africa without an increase in hospitalisations.