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Botswana Detects New COVID-19 Variant | Full Statement

Botswana Detects New COVID-19 Variant | Full Statement

Full statement by the Government of Botswana on the discovery of a new COVID-19 variant in that country.


The Ministry of Health and Wellness wishes to inform members of the public that our scientists have been investigating new coronavirus mutations detected in Botswana.

On further analysis and verification, these mutations which have been so far detected in four people in Botswana, have been noted as a new sub-lineage of the Omicron variant.

The preliminary finding of this new sublineage in Botswana has been designated as Omicron BA.4 and BA.5.

The four cases are currently being monitored to gather more information about the potential impact on disease spread and severity.

The foursome comprises residents and non-residents aged between 30 and 50 years, two being non-residents who had a recent travel history.

The quartet is fully vaccinated and has been experiencing only mild symptoms. The same new sublineage has also been reported in three other countries.

The ministry, in collaboration with other stakeholders including regional and international bodies, is still studying the properties and characteristics of this Omicron sub lineage in order to gain more data and knowledge about its behaviour.

So far, no conclusions have been made yet, in relation to whether or not, the sub-lineage is more deadly and more transmissible than the known Omicron variant.

Similarly, investigations on whether COVID-19 vaccines are effective against this sublineage are ongoing.

Although it is common for viruses to mutate as they spread from one person to another, some mutations become responsible for high infection rates and cause severe disease.

This would be due to among others, changes in virus behaviour and characteristics. When this happens, the new variant could be determined as a variant of concern (VOC).

These new specific changes are always subject to further investigations and verification with the world scientific community.

The ministry awaits further guidance from World Health Organization (WHO) on how to manage its transmission.

At the moment, the ministry calls upon members of the public, not to panic but to continue being vigilant.

The public is further encouraged to vaccinate and take their booster shots, if eligible.

This is important because in the event new variants of COVID-19 emerge and spark a new wave of infections (fifth wave), the impact may be more severe for the unvaccinated.

The ministry will keep the public informed about any new developments in this matter.

Thank you.

Yours faithfully

Dr Christopher Nyanga For Permanent Secretary

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Da truth 1 month ago

Iriko saka iwe usabuda mumba or buy a bubble raunoshand8sa when traveling talk sense viruses evolve all the time .So how can you say a chameleon is blue or red in colour .Vamwe Vava kutsvaga mbiri nechinhu ichi dzimwe nyika dzakatorasa ma mask muno zvakuto itwa politicized . Covid kudii Aids is there ,cancer is there, Covid is there ,,so is miningitis and Madness . Ngomahuru and Ingutsheni is there also so what gara mumba iwe lockdown yourself you dushbag.🤦

covid 1 month ago

covid iriko guyz

covid 1 month ago

covid iriko guyz

Machiavelli 1 month ago

This is stale news.

This refers to DeMicron (cross of Delta and Omicron variants) which has already been diagnosed in parts of Europe USA and RSA over 4weeks ago.

Jah🇿🇼Tsvarie-07 1 month ago

I said it last year and now i repeat, please WHO get those who come out with new Corona virus names. what are they doing in those labs?


sputnek jab 1 month ago

its now the new normal to have the virus,

dnt ever think of lockdowns they solve nothing

all vaccinated are having positive test so ndikoko handei takaenda takaenda

The King of Serpents 1 month ago

Taura hako iwe, plus viruses evolve all the time. There are many viruses and diseases that have been there for centuries, that claim way more lives annually than covid. The best way is to educate the public on preventive measures rather than enforce economically destructive lockdowns.

😲 1 month ago

Oh lord take a control

sinovac 1 month ago

haaa taneta nazvo izvi chero flue yakungonzi new variant haaaaa Mwari tanzwa nekupfeka ma masks

The King of Serpents 1 month ago

Kkkkk flue irinani. Munhu akafa neaccident or kutemwa nedemo unotoshamiswa aakunzi afa necovid.

King Adoe 🤴🏼 1 month ago

I'm waiting to die because this COVID thing will give us headaches kkkkkkk

everReady 1 month ago

same here

hod 1 month ago

get vaccinated and live

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