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After two years of playing cat-and-mouse, Covid is now more ...

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After two years of playing cat-and-mouse, Covid is now more predictable

SA positivity rate surges to 23% from 19% in one day, with scientists pointing to two Omicron variants as the culprits

Senior science reporter

With an uptick in Covid-19 cases in SA, scientists are wondering how predictable the pattern of the current wave will be.

New research suggests the uptick is not caused by a new variant but is instead caused by two offshoots — BA.4 and BA.5 — from Omicron, and that the patterns will be easier to anticipate.

This fits into a bigger picture of Covid-19 moving from an epidemic to an endemic state — meaning we learn how to live with it and manage it as we do with flu, instead of taking extreme measures to curb its rise...

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