South African health ministry says there is no need to impose any new COVID-19 restrictions either at home or for arrivals over an infection surge in China and the detection of the first case of Omicron sub variant.
Speaking to reporters, the country’s health minister Joe Phaahla said the new strain from China will not harm South Africans given the strong immunity among the people.
The minister further confirmed that South Africa has seen more Covid infections and deaths in recent weeks.
However, the country will increase Covid testing and reinvigorate its vaccination campaign in light of rising global infections, he said at a media briefing.
South Africa, which detected the first case of Omicron in late 2021, has recorded more than four million cases of the coronavirus and more than 102,500 deaths, some 48% of the eligible population is vaccinated.