reinfection rates are much higher with Omicron than previous variants, suggesting the virus is escaping immunity somewhat. Photo illustration: AFP
reinfection rates are much higher with Omicron than previous variants, suggesting the virus is escaping immunity somewhat. Photo illustration: AFP

Omicron vs Delta: battle of coronavirus mutants is critical

  • Early data suggests the new variant could outcompete other strains to become the dominant one, though many critical questions remain unanswered
  • Omicron’s behaviour in countries like South Africa and the UK could offer clues to whether it will replace Delta and shape the future of the Covid-19 pandemic

Topic |   Coronavirus pandemic
 reinfection rates are much higher with Omicron than previous variants, suggesting the virus is escaping immunity somewhat. Photo illustration: AFP
reinfection rates are much higher with Omicron than previous variants, suggesting the virus is escaping immunity somewhat. Photo illustration: AFP
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