South Africa Claims There Is No Evidence Of Increased Omicron Severity At This Time


South African experts said on Friday that they find no evidence that the Omicron coronavirus variety is causing more severe sickness, as officials announced preparations to give out vaccination boosters as daily cases approached an all-time high.

Late last month, South Africa notified the rest of the globe to Omicron, raising fears that the highly modified strain might spark a new wave of worldwide illnesses.

COVID-19 hospitalizations are now climbing quickly in more than half of the country’s nine provinces, according to hospital statistics, but fatalities are not rising as sharply, and measures such as the median duration of hospital stay remain comforting.


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While scientists say more study is needed to make a definitive conclusion, Health Minister Joe Phaahla says the warning signs are positive.

While scientists say additional research is needed to reach a conclusive conclusion, Health Minister Joe Phaahla said the signals of severity were encouraging.

A nationwide outbreak linked to the variant has been infecting around 20,000 people per day in recent days, with 19,018 new COVID-19 cases reported on Thursday by the National Institute of Communicable Disease, but only 20 new deaths.

Infections have yet to reach the peak of more than 26,000 daily cases seen during the third wave, which was fueled by the Delta variant.

South Africa has completely vaccinated around 38% of adults, which is more than in many other African nations but falls well short of the government’s year-end objective. It recently postponed certain vaccine delivery owing to an overstock as the rate of immunizations dropped.

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