A month ago the world panicked when South Africa unveiled the discovery of the Omicron variant itself which was causing an alarming COVID-19 outbreak in the country and just over four weeks, the president said that they had already passed the peak of infections and will lift the curfew.
“According to our experts, the variant reached its peak without causing a significant or alarming change in the number of hospitalizations,” said Minister Mondli Gungubele.
Likewise, there was talk of the curfew that came into force 21 months ago and that it had reduced its restriction hours before the strain, but it was reinforced at the end of November and this Friday, December 31, it was lifted.
Ómicron spreads faster than Delta, but South Africa pointed out that they have already exceeded the peak of infections, which represents an evolution before the detected strain.
South Africa sees COVID-19 infections on the decline
According to data disclosed to AmericanPost.News, New daily infections decreased 30% in the past week compared to previous days, where 127,753 were reported, while hospitalizations decreased in 8 of the nine provinces.
“Although the Omicron variant is highly transmissible, hospitalization rates have been lower than in previous waves.”
Let us remember that South Africa is the country most affected by the pandemic, with more than 3.4 million cases and 91 thousand deaths and in the last 24 hours, 24 thousand new infections have been detected.
“The speed at which the fourth wave increased due to Omicron, reached a peak and then declined, was astonishing.”
When the variant was detected, it isolated South Africa for fear of spread, but without waiting, it became the most contagious strain in the world, even less lethal.
How many mutations does the Omicron variant of COVID-19 have?
There are 55 mutations, of which 32 have a characteristic spike protein. Even part of the strains that make it up are Delta and Gama, some of the most dangerous that have been detected so far in the pandemic.
In mid-December, the first death from the Omicron variant was confirmed in the UK and globally, so a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine will be applied.
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