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[LISTEN] How to interpret South Africa’s Omicron data

  • Have you struggled to understand how bad South Africa’s Omicron wave has been? Or, are you wondering how to square South Africa’s low vaccination rates with its low hospitalisation rates?
  • Dr Waasila Jassat heads up the hospital surveillance for the National Institute for Communicable Diseases. She has all the answers you need. 
  • Listen to this short podcast to find out how gaps in the available data influence what we can learn from the country’s fourth COVID wave.

In this podcast, Bhekisisa editor Mia Malan gets to the bottom of the most common questions asked about South Africa’s fourth wave of SARS-CoV-2 infections driven by the Omicron variant. Her guest is Waasila Jassat of the National Institute for Communicable Diseases.

Mia Malan is the founder and editor-in-chief of Bhekisisa. She has worked in newsrooms in Johannesburg, Nairobi and Washington, DC, winning more than 30 awards for her radio, print and television work.

Danny Booysen is a freelance audio technical producer and has over 30 years of experience in the broadcast industry.