Another COVID variant has been identified. Known as XBB.1.5. or the ‘kraken’ variant, it has been detected in 28 countries and is showing signs of being able to evade national immunity or protection offered by vaccines. It is cause for concern due to low vaccine intakes in countries such as the US, and the reduction in testing over the past year.
Several countries have banned travel from South Africa and up to eight other surrounding countries. In the UK, travellers are now required to take a PCR test upon returning or entering the country regardless of vaccination status. Face masks have also become compulsory in shops and public transport.
What do we do now?
Continue to maintain safe hygiene practices
Keep any small spaces well ventilated
Maintain social distance of at least 2m
Avoid heavily crowded areas or wear a face mask where necessary