Brian Sokutu
Senior Print Journalist
3 minute read
21 Dec 2021
5:01 am

It’s ‘foolhardy’ to think omicron is a signal Covid is on the way out – epidemiologist

Brian Sokutu

The mildness of many reported cases of the omicron variant was 'heartening, but also carries the risk that omicron’s pervasiveness will be underestimated'.

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The ministerial advisory committee’s (MAC) latest problematic statement pointed to the department of health’s management struggling to fight Covid due to poor decisions made by the previous team, according to one of South Africa’s leading epidemiologists Dr Jo Barnes. These, said Barnes, included the country’s initial harsh lockdown and the “continuing obsession with retaining control of so many processes: the control council system, electronic registration and the prioritising of certain groups who can be vaccinated”. She said bureaucratic decisions needed changing and adapted “to suit the circumstances”. In its problematic statement on quarantining and contact tracing, addressed to Health Minister...