WHO says surge team deployed in SA’s Gauteng to tackle Omicron

To help with surveillance and contact tracing, it said on Thursday.
Image: Hannah Beier/Bloomberg

The World Health Organisation (WHO) is deploying a surge team to South Africa’s Gauteng province, epicentre of the outbreak of the new Omicron coronavirus variant, to help with surveillance and contact tracing, it said on Thursday.

The WHO’s Regional Emergency Director for Africa, Salam Gueye, also said it was providing technical assistance to boost the production and distribution of medical oxygen in Botswana, where Omicron has also been detected.

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