Prof Helen Rees talks about the latest COVID-19 developments

Prof Helen Rees talks about the latest COVID-19 developments

Professor Helen Rees spoke to Breakfast with Martin Bester about the latest developments regarding COVID-19. 

Professor Helen rees

Jacaranda FM News recently reported that South Africa has more than 10,000 infections. 

READ: SA Covid-19 infections 'indicative of new wave'

This is the highest positivity rate in recent months and comes as the winter season sets in.

World Health Organisation chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Wednesday said that two Omicron sub-variants, BA.4 and BA.5, were behind the surge in cases in South Africa. 

But he said it was "too soon to know whether these new sub-variants can cause more severe disease than other Omicron sub-variants." 

Breakfast with Martin Bester spoke to international vaccine expert, Prof Helen Rees, about the new developments in the country. 

READ: US drug regulator limits use of J&J Covid vaccine

"The minister must decide if we are in a fifth wave or not. But I think we are in the fifth wave. 

"We are seeing two Omicron sub-variants, BA.4 and BA.5 in South Africa.

"The variants are not different. The symptoms are the same. It's flu-like symptoms."

Prof Rees encouraged listeners to get tested and get the booster shot for extra protection. 

Listen to the full conversation at the top of the article.

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