Dr Angelique Coetzee, Chief Of The South African Medical Association discusses i’in an interview with BBC, the discovery of Omicron and its mild symptoms.
Dr Angelique Coetzee is a physician who works as a general practitioner in Pretoria. She is currently the chairperson of the South African Medical Association and advises the South African health ministry.
As per the Coetzee, the Covid variant B.1.1.529 was first discovered around «the 18th of November ». One of her male patient showed symptoms of extreme fatigue which, according to Coetzee was unusual for that patient.
Upon testing the family, she registered the same medical patterns. Further analysis concluded that it was the new COVID-19 variant that we know today as Omicron.
Omicron was discovered in South Africa and although Angelique Coetzee says that its symptoms are mild, several countries have taken measure to counter its spreading. One of these measures is banning South African travel as well as seven other African countries.
So far, cases of Omicron have been confirmed in the UK, Germany, The Netherlands, Israel, Hong Kong, Belgium.
In austral Africa, cases have been confirmed i’and South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namíbia, Lesoto and Eswatini.