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South Africa’s Omicron caseload drops

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Graph showing the drop in cases from mid-December 2021, when Omicron was the dominant variant.

SOUTH AFRICA: South Africa’s noticeable drop in new COVID-19 cases in recent days may signal that the country’s dramatic omicron-driven surge has passed its peak, medical experts say.

Daily virus case counts are notoriously unreliable, as they can be affected by uneven testing, reporting delays and other fluctuations.

But they are offering one tantalising hint, far from conclusive yet, that omicron infections may recede quickly after a ferocious spike.

South Africa has been at the forefront of the omicron wave and the world is watching for any signs of how it may play out there to try to understand what may be in store.

After hitting a high of nearly 27,000 new cases nationwide on Thursday, the numbers dropped to about 15,424 on Tuesday.

In Gauteng province, South Africa’s most populous with 16 million people, including the largest city, Johannesburg, and the capital, Pretoria, the decrease started earlier and has continued. – PTI

Friday, December 24, 2021 – 01:00

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