Omicron going going, here it comes again

Broken Hill is finally below 300 cases of Covid 19 with only 239 active cases in town now, this includes both PCR tests and rapid antigen tests.

Over the COVID 19 pandemic, locals have had 5,377 cases in Broken Hill, roughly one in three people, and the population have done 49,311 tests.

Only 13 tests are being performed daily in Broken Hill as the most recent surge wanes.

Omincron BA.1 and BA.2 out, Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 in

South Africa, Botswana, Belgium, Denmark, the United Kingdom and Germany are reported as having new surges of Omicron BA.4 and BA.5.

Victorian Health authorities announced today that the subvariant, which is either BA.4 or BA.5, has been confirmed in wastewater samples taken from the Tullamarine catchment.

The currently observed growth advantage for BA.4 and BA.5, is higher than the infection rate of Omicron BA.1 and is likely due to their ability to evade immune protection induced by prior infection or vaccination, particularly if this has waned over time.

Unvaccinated individuals who have had COVID 19 are unlikely to be protected against symptomatic infection with BA.4 or BA.5.

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So the take away of this story is keep vaccinated and wear your masks especially if you are unvaccinated.

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