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India will see Omicron surge but cases will be mild, vaccines will help: Doctor who identified new variant

IndiaTimes Saturday, 25 December 2021
India will see a surge in Omicron-driven Covid cases and a high positivity rate but the infection will hopefully be mild in most people as is being seen in South Africa, says Dr Angelique Coetzee who first identified the variant. The chairperson of the South African Medical Association also said existing vaccines will definitely control the contagion but those unvaccinated are at 100 per cent "risk".
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