(ANSA) – Johannesburg, Dec. 31 – A new variant of the Covit-19 was discovered last month in South Africa, announcing that it has crossed the peak of the Omigron wave without a significant increase in the number of deaths.
All indicators are that the epidemic “the country has probably crossed the peak of the fourth wave,” the president said in a statement announcing the lifting of some health restrictions, especially the night curfew order.
“There was a slight increase in the number of deaths in all provinces,” it explained. Compared to the previous week (127,753), new pollution last week (89,781) was reduced by almost 30%. Hospital admissions have also declined in eight of the nine provinces. “Although the Omigran variant is highly contagious, hospital admission rates are lower than previous waves,” the Presidency said.
Omigron was first identified in Botswana and South Africa in late November, with a large number of mutations that raise concerns about vaccine resistance. It quickly dominated South Africa, with official figures showing that the number of infections per day rose sharply to more than 26,000 in mid-December. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) this variation currently exists in about 100 countries.
Most contagious, it also affects people who have been vaccinated or are already infected with the virus.
The African country is officially the hardest hit, with more than 3.4 million cases in South Africa and 91,000 deaths from Covid-19. Less than 13,000 cases have been detected in the last 24 hours. (Handle).
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