Omicron South African variant of Covid? “We do not know anything, just look at the rates of contagion and mortality. In all honesty, Europe, compared to us, is in trouble. I do not understand how this story came out, which is also creating problems at the level cheap, with flights canceled “. Riccardo Pinna, an Italian entrepreneur in Johannesburg, spoke in this way with Adnkronos, expressing “skepticism and surprise” for the alarm about the ‘Omicron variant’. And then, he specifies, “it seems she is not even South African, but comes from Botswana”. Here we “are very relaxed”, says Pinna, owner of a marble and granite company. “We are at alert level one, as always we wear masks, we wash our hands”, he says, while in the background you can hear the cries of children playing at the Italian Club, where today he went to lunch with one of the lists they present the committees of Italians abroad to the elections of the Comites. “Here at the club, we are doing the Christmas market, there are 6-700 people.” He, like other Italians, received worried messages from friends and relatives inviting him to pay attention. But Pinna says there is no such alarm situation in South Africa. Maybe more will be heard tomorrow night when the South African president will speak. Coordinator of the Italian Association Movement Abroad (Maie) for the division of Asia Africa Oceania and Antarctica, Pinna had to come to Italy for the IV Permanent Assembly of the State-Regions-Autonomous Provinces – General Council of Italians Abroad, which will take place in Rome on 15 and 17 December. But now he fears he won’t be able to leave.