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JOHANNESBURG - The World Health Organization has updated its guidelines on preventing the spread of Covid-19, focusing on mask-wearing in community settings, treatment protocols and clinical management.
The organisation says people should continue to wear masks in public as this remains key to controlling the virus.
It also says patients who test negative on an antigen-based rapid test should no longer need to isolate.
The Omicron subvariant XBB.1.5, the most transmissible Covid-19 subvariant so far, is spreading quickly across the United States and was predicted on Friday to become Europe's dominant strain in a matter of weeks.
#COVID19 transmission is on the rise in your community again? Here is how you can assess and reduce your risk of infection ⬇️— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) January 13, 2023
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