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Explainer-Does Omicron pose higher risks for infants than other variants?

2:15pm EST

JOHANNESBURG Data from an area in South Africa hard-hit by the Omicron variant of the coronavirus has shown a high number of hospital admissions of infants under 2 years old, raising concerns that the variant may pose risks to young children.

EXPLAINER-Does Omicron pose higher risks for infants than other variants?

2:06pm EST

JOHANNESBURG, Dec 1 Data from an area in South Africa hard-hit by the Omicron variant of the coronavirus has shown a high number of hospital admissions of infants under 2 years old, raising concerns that the variant may pose risks to young children.

How South African scientists spotted the Omicron COVID variant

Nov 30 2021

JOHANNESBURG On Friday Nov. 19, Raquel Viana, Head of Science at one of South Africa's biggest private testing labs, sequenced the genes on eight coronavirus samples - and got the shock of her life.

South Africa mulling compulsory COVID-19 jabs for some places, activities

Nov 28 2021

JOHANNESBURG South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Sunday that authorities were considering making COVID-19 shots compulsory for certain places and activities, as a rise in infections linked to a new variant threatens to become a fourth wave. | Video

South Africa says travel bans over new variant unjustified

Nov 26 2021

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) -South Africa said on Friday that imposing restrictions on travellers from the country because of a newly identified COVID-19 variant was unjustified, after a British ban on flights from southern African countries that others have followed. | Video

S.African, UK families divided as new COVID-19 variant wrecks holiday plans

Nov 26 2021

JOHANNESBURG Terry and Roger Hugo, both retirees in their 70s, couldn't wait to see their grandchildren come over to visit South Africa from Britain for the first time, after cancelling last year's Christmas plans because of COVID-19.

The cost of coal in South Africa: dirty skies, sick kids

Nov 04 2021

EMALAHLENI, South Africa In 2019, scientists working for South Africa's government completed a study on the health impacts of pollution from the country's sprawling coal industry. | Video

South Africans to vote in ruling ANC's toughest local polls yet

Oct 31 2021

JOHANNESBURG, Nov 1 South Africans will vote on Monday in municipal elections likely to be the toughest contest yet for the ruling African National Congress (ANC), which faces discontent over poor services and stark inequalities 27 years after ending white minority rule.

South Africa to call on rich nations to do more at COP26

Oct 22 2021

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) -South Africa will tell rich countries at climate talks next week to honour promises to help poorer nations go green and massively boost available funds, the environment minister said on Friday, while announcing talks to help end its own reliance on coal.

UPDATE 1-South Africa to call on rich nations to do more at COP26

Oct 22 2021

JOHANNESBURG, Oct 22 South Africa will tell rich countries at climate talks next week to honour promises to help poorer nations go green and massively boost available funds, the environment minister said on Friday, while announcing talks to help end its own reliance on coal.

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