New cases sample to be sent to Australia

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BY MAVIS N PODOKOLO

THE specimens collected from the current increased cases of covid-19 will be sent to Australia to determine the variant.

This is confirmed by the Minister of Health and Medical Services Dr Culwick Togamana in his national address on Thursday 14th April 2022.

“A new cohort of samples from testing done this week and late last week will be sent for genome sequencing to rule out any other variants with the current increase of COVID-19 cases detected in the capital this week,” he said.

Togamana said “we will keep you briefed about the results once they become available.”

He adds that lab samples are frequently being sent overseas on weekly basis to Australia for genome sequencing and so far, results remain to be that of the Delta variant.

Togamana further stressed that such re-infections or increase of cases are rare but can happen to individuals who have low body defence against COVID-19 or if another variant of the virus strikes the person.


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