South Africa is in the midst of the fifth wave of Covid-19, driven by two variants related to the Omicron strain that has caused an increase in cases worldwide over the winter. Life continues as normal.
Being at the forefront of the first wave of Omicrons that started in November last year, the country is a model for living with the virus in the long run. For the average South African, the virus has become a monotonous fact of daily life. Behind the scenes, dozens of scientists are keeping a close eye on his every move.