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The Daily BeastDec 03, 2021
Omicron Triggers ‘Unprecedented' COVID Surge Hitting Under Children Under Age 5 in South Africa
EMMANUEL CROSET/AFP via Getty ImagesThe "highly transmissible" Omicron variant of coronavirus ripping through South Africa is putting disproportionately large numbers of children under 5 years old in hospitals, a top South African government medical adviser said Friday.

The alarming development raises the prospect of a new global battle cycle against the virus, given that the new variant has already spread to dozens of countries. The South African scientists also said the new variant was spreading much quicker than any previous wave of the coronavirus.

In a worrying virtual press conference, government adviser Waasila Jassat, speaking about the worst-affected area of Gauteng province (which includes the city of Johannesburg), said: "It's clear in Gauteng, the week-on-week increase we're seeing in cases and admissions is higher than we've seen it before. We've seen quite a sharp increase [in hospital admissions] across all age groups but particularly in the under 5s."

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