NDTV News

NDTV.com provides latest news from India and the world. Get today’s news headlines from Business, Technology, Bollywood, Cricket, videos, photos, live news coverage and exclusive breaking news from India.

https://www.ndtv.com/

Previous Infection Doesn't Give Protection From 'Omicron': South Africa.

Previous Infection Does Not Provide Protection From 'Omicron': South Africa

The new variant, first reported to the WHO a week earlier, has popped up across continents.

Johannesburg, South Africa:

People infected with earlier variants of Covid do not appear to be protected against Omicron, although vaccination will still prevent serious illness, a top South African scientist said Thursday.

"We believe that previous infection does not provide protection from Omicron," said Anne von Gottberg, an expert at the National Institute for Communicable Diseases.

Outlining early research into the newly-emerged variant, she said doctors were seeing "an increase for Omicron reinfections."

This trend was also seen in models which projected those cases against the overall population, she said in a news conference with the World Health Organization's Africa region.

"We believe the number of cases will increase exponentially in all provinces of the country," she said.

"We believe that vaccines will still however protect against severe disease," she added.

"Vaccines have always held out to protect against serious disease, hospitalisations and death."

The new variant, first reported to the WHO a week earlier, has popped up across continents.

WHO experts reiterated calls for a rethink on travel bans against southern Africa, given that Omicron had now been reported in nearly two dozen countries and its source remained unclear.

"South Africa and Botswana detected the variant. We don't know where the origin of this could have been," said specialist Ambrose Talisuna. "To punish people who are just detecting or reporting... is unfair."

In mid-November, South Africa was reporting about 300 cases a day. On Wednesday the country reported 8,561 new cases, up from 4,373 the day before and 2,273 on Monday.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

Related news
19-Year-Old Pilot Becomes Youngest Woman To Fly Solo Around The World.

19-Year-Old Pilot Becomes Youngest Woman To Fly Solo Around The World.

Zara Rutherford is now the youngest woman to fly solo around the world. NBC News’ Dasha Burns reports more on the 19-year-old’s five-month journey circling the globe.   » Subscribe to NBC News: » Watch more NBC video: NBC News Digital is a collect...

'Like a clown car on fire': Cooper reacts to Giuliani's fake electors plot.

'Like a clown car on fire': Cooper reacts to Giuliani's fake electors plot.

Trump campaign officials, led by Rudy Giuliani, oversaw efforts in December 2020 to put forward illegitimate electors from seven states that Trump lost, according to three sources with direct knowledge of the scheme. CNN's Pamela Brown reports. #C...

White House avoids questions on soft-on-crime policies.

White House avoids questions on soft-on-crime policies.

'The Five' panelists weigh in on the White House's refusal to weigh in on radical district attorneys. #FoxNews #TheFive Subscribe to Fox News! Watch more Fox News Video: Watch Fox News Channel Live: FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour all-encompas...

Demand for Peloton bikes, treadmills fall

Demand for Peloton bikes, treadmills fall

The CEO of Peloton denied a report that the company was idling factories.

1 31

Ukraine crisis: UK says Russia has 'not learnt lesson' as UK warns against conflict.

Ukraine crisis: UK says Russia has 'not learnt lesson' as UK warns against conflict.

RUSSIA is set to encircle Europe with massive war games alongside China and Iran as fears grow over a possible invasion of Ukraine. Putin plans to hold naval drills in the Atlantic, Arctic, Mediterranean and the Pacific this month, Moscow's Minist...

Growing Cities Struggle To Keep Up With Housing Shortage.

Growing Cities Struggle To Keep Up With Housing Shortage.

Home prices have skyrocketed during the pandemic while supply chains and labor issues have crippled contractors, leading to a nationwide housing shortage. NBC News’ Guad Venegas reports from Reno, Nevada, a booming town struggling to keep up with ...