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Corona mutant: “Exponential increase”: In South Africa the fear of omicrons is growing – the government is still afraid of a hard lockdown

Johannesburg in South Africa

Schoolchildren with mouth and nose protection play in the Kgololo Academy in Alexandra Township.


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Cape Town The country’s newspapers are still reporting calmly – and only on a smaller scale about the pandemic. In the “Sunday Times”, for example, the newspaper with the highest circulation in South Africa, reference is only made to the new mutation and its consequences for tourism on the front page and in the business section. Otherwise, other issues predominate, such as the takeover of the large cities of Johannesburg and Pretoria by the liberal opposition. Or it is about the latest unemployment figures, which at 46.6 percent have climbed to their highest level to date.

But appearances are deceptive. Fear is also growing very gradually in the country. The corona variant Omikron, newly discovered only three weeks ago, caused the number of cases in the Cape to rise alarmingly and has already mutated into the dominant virus strain.

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