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Botswana says 15 more cases of Omicron variant detected in country

Botswana’s health minister Edwin Dikoloti said on Sunday the country had detected 15 more cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant, adding to the four confirmed cases it declared on Friday. The minister applauded its scientists for detecting the new variant in the country early, but stressed it did not emerge in Botswana as the four cases were found in people who travelled to the country on a diplomatic mission. Botswana was early among what are now 11 countries so far reporting cases of the variant, which was identified last week by South Africa’s National Institute of Communicable Diseases and later designated “of concern” by the World Health Organization.


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