Omikron in South Africa: – Entrance fees explode – Nach Welt

South Africa is one of the countries that recently had the corona virus under control. In early November, the country recorded the lowest infection pressure since the pandemic began.

However, at the end of the month the situation was turned on its head when the new mutation Omicron was discovered.

Since then, the infection rates have skyrocketed and experts assume that many of the infection cases are very likely to be related to the new variant, writes Sky news.

400 percent increase in approval

Until recently, South Africa had around 300 daily cases of infection – a number that, according to information on Sunday, was 3220 Das Wall Street Journal.

The infection situation has also accelerated hospital admissions. In the past four weeks, national registrations have increased by 63 percent. In Gauteng alone, the country’s most populous province, registrations rose by almost 400 percent last month – from the first 120 in the week of November to 580 last week, writes ABC.

Public health expert Waasila Jassat says the huge surge in Gauteng province came in a short period of time, but stresses that hospital admissions numbers are at the same level as previous waves of infections.

Much is not yet familiar with the new variant, including how contagious and dangerous it is. Despite the fact that South Africa has seen a sharp increase in both cases of infection and admissions lately, it has not yet been confirmed whether this was due to the appearance of the new mutant.

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Global risk

The WHO describes the new Corona variant omikron as a concern variant, the pose a very high global risk. Researchers fear that the mutated virus will spread faster and vaccines will not be as effective.

“Omikron has a number of unprecedented spike mutations, some of which are very worrying given their potential impact on the evolution of the pandemic,” the WHO wrote.

In the past few days, Omicron has also been detected in Europe, including the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Finland, Denmark and Sweden. The variant has not yet been detected in Norway, but NIPH does not rule out the possibility that the variant may already be in the country without being detected.

On Tuesday at 12 noon, the government will hold a press conference on the corona situation, at which it was announced that it would introduce new measures to keep the omikron in check.

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