South African students are concerned about a new Omicron variant discovered in the country.
According to Nhlanhla Africa Maphosa, a student at Tshwane University of Technology, the increase in the number of infections among students has resulted in the postponement of tests and exams.
“When they checked the statistics last week, they discovered that COVID-19 has affected a large number of students on the main campus. As a result, tests and exams were postponed.
“It’s just that, despite having the statistics, we’re not sure how many people are affected and other details. However, we can state that a high level, or a high percentage of students, have COVID-19 “, he explained.
Although it is unclear whether the new variant causes more serious disease, many students are urging their classmates to get vaccinated.
“I’m trying to persuade them to get vaccinated and stay away from coronavirus because it’s out there, it’s killing people, and the numbers are increasing.
“We can see on TV that people are getting coronavirus, so they must vaccinate “, urged Manqoba Zitha, a former Tshwane University of Technology student.
According to officials, this university has been identified as a hotspot of infections, but other areas are also affected.
“The number of new COVID cases is increasing. I recall that in the previous two weeks, we had fewer than 50 cases per day, so we had fewer than 50 cases per day.
“And that number has now risen to over 300 confirmed cases per day. As a result, the numbers are steadily increasing.
“TUT West Campus, Hatfield, Soshanguve, and Mamelodi would be the hotspot areas. As a result, those are areas of concern.
“What we can say with certainty is that the numbers are increasing in Tshwane, particularly in the areas mentioned.
“However, we cannot confirm whether the new variant is a factor in this increase at this time “, said City of Tshwane spokesperson Sipho Stuurman.
The new variant is thought to be highly transmissible, but doctors have yet to determine whether it causes more severe disease.