New variants behind COVID-19 fifth wave


The Greater Gaborone area, Chobe and Jwaneng are currently amongst places that have recorded COVID-19’s high infection rates since the fifth wave hit the country in May 2022, The Monitor has learnt.

As a result, the said areas are currently classified as Red, meaning that they have recorded more than 200 infections per every 100,000 people “generally caused by new variants”.

Ministry of Health chief public relations officer, Dr Christopher Nyanga told The Monitor on Friday that the surge in cases is driven by Omicron variant mainly through its two sub-lineages of BA.4 and BA.5.

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