Dr Angelique Coetzee, chair of the South African Medical Association, first raised the alarm regarding the new strain.
She said the COVID-19 symptoms linked to Omicron have been “extremely mild”.
Speaking to the BBC on Sunday, November 28, Dr Coetzee discussed how she saw a patient who presented unusual symptoms which differed from those associated with the Delta variant – the most globally dominant strain at present.
She explained that a male patient, around the age of 33, told the doctor he was “extremely tired for the past few days”.
She added that patient didn’t have a sore throat but described it as a “scratchy throat”.