Zimbabwe detects presence of Omicron variant

COVID-19: Zimbabwe detects presence of Omicron variant

The health authorities of Zimbabwe confirmed the presence of the Omicron coronavirus variant and the country is experiencing a high increase in COVID cases.

“We are now in a particularly dangerous period once again, where the fourth wave is slowly visiting us with the identification of the B.1.1.529 or the Omicron variant of COVID-19,” said VP Constantino Chiwenga on the state TV.

Mr Chiwenga who is also the country’s health minister, did not give details of how many cases of Omicron infections had been recorded in the country.

On Tuesday, the government reimposed curfews and mandatory testing and quarantine for travellers to prevent a fourth wave.

Zimbabwe is among the southern African countries facing travel bans by western countries.

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