Health professionals say South Africans should remain cautious and vigilant after the country experienced its first case of the highly transmissible XBB.1.5 Covid-19 variant. eNCA Senior Reporter Silindelo Masikane has more. #dstv403
CAPE TOWN - Remain cautious and vigilant.
That's the advice from health professionals and scientists after the country identified its first case of a coronavirus infection caused by the new, highly transmissible XBB.1.5 variant.
The variant was discovered in gene sequencing carried out by researchers at Stellenbosch University.
It's been dubbed the most transmissible sub-variant detected in the pandemic so far.
The National Health Department has been alerted and is in discussions with scientists to gather more information.
The department says it's appealing to South Africans to vaccinate, get their boosters, and observe non-pharmaceutical interventions.
* eNCA's Silindelo Masikane reports.