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'Placing SA on UK red list is premature as it won't keep variant out'

26 November 2021 1:51 PM
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infections
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New COVID 19 variant

Professor Alex Van Den Heever says the decision was expected as there is little known about this new COVID-19 variant.

Germany and Italy have joined Britain in banning most travel from South Africa.

The ban comes after the detection of a new COVID-19 variant that has a large number of mutations.

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The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) on Thursday confirmed that 22 cases of the variant - called B.1.1.529 - had also been detected in Botswana and Hong Kong.

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With the data the NICD had was limited, it said experts are working overtime with all the established surveillance systems to understand the new variant and what the potential implications could be.

Was the decision to place the country back into the red list premature?

Ray White on The Midday Report chats to Wits School Of Governance Social Security Systems Administration and Management Studies chair Professor Alex Van Den Heever to weigh in on the new variant and playing the country on the red list.

I think these countries have been quick to impose red lists as it doesn't keep variants out, but it is an expected reaction in the absence of a more informed approach.

Professor Alex Van Den Heever, Wits School Of Governance

Listen below to the full conversation:




26 November 2021 1:51 PM
Tags:
infections
virus
red list
New COVID 19 variant

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