South Africa has seen a decrease in hospitalizations and contamination. This lightning wave offers hope for the same situation in other countries that are currently affected by the new variant. But vigilance remains essential.
It is enough to make the end of the year a hopeful one. South Africa, the country where the new Covid-19 variant was discovered, announced last month that it had passed the Omicron peak with only a slight increase “Marginal”While many countries have record-breaking infections, deaths are on the rise.
Our experts believe that Omicron has not reached its peak, which does not translate into an alarming or significant increase in hospitalizations., said Mondli gungubele, the Minister in the Presidency, on Friday, December 31, assuring that the government would be vigilant to any developments to the contrary.
The number of new infections decreased by nearly 30% in the week ended September 29, (89,781) as compared with the week before (127,753). Hospital admissions also fell in eight of nine provinces. “Even though the Omicron variant of Omicron is highly transmissible,” hospitalization rates are lower than in previous wavesThe presidency was stressed.
However, the New York Times emphasizes that caution should be exercised when interpreting these figures. One reason for the possible bias in the numbers of cases is the decrease in testing during holidays. The vaccine or recent infection also gave rise to immunity in the most affected areas.
Infections, deaths and hospitalizations will continue to rise. “Follow-up hour after hour and see if there is a change” in evolution, “We will take immediate action.”On Friday, the minister insisted.
Omicron, which is known for having a high number mutations, raising concerns about the possibility of vaccine resistance, was identified in Botswana, South Africa, and its first detection in late November.
It quickly became a dominant disease in South Africa, leading to an exponential rise in infections to more than 26,000 per day in mid-December according to official statistics.
“The rate at which the fourth wave from Omicron rose, then peaked and then declined, was astounding. A peak in four weeks and a precipitous decline in two weeks ”Fareed Abdullah, South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) tweeted this. “It was a sudden flooding rather than a wave”He added.
South Africans can now breathe a little easier thanks to this widespread relaxation. He is now up after the 21-month-old nighttime curfew was reduced to midnight and 4 AM. Many bar and restaurant owners have requested this change in recent days.
“Our hope is for this lifting to continue”During a virtual press conference, he confided in the minister. “We strive to find a balance among people’s lives and their livelihoods with the ultimate goal of saving lives.”He said that South African economies were still severely affected by the pandemic.
The minister hopes to keep the mask on, maintain the distance, and accelerate the vaccination. Only 15.6 million people have been vaccinated, for a population that is 59 million. “The curfew won’t come back”.