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Health experts say South Africa’s raging wave of Omicrons appears to have ‘passed its peak’

In South Africa, variant Omicron coronavirus roar like a lion in mid-November appeared to go out like a sheep a month later.

The country reported a record high of 27,000 new COVID-19 cases last Thursday, nearly all of which are Omicron strains, but that number fell to 15,424 cases on Tuesday. Related press report. And in Gauteng province, the epicenter of Omicron, “the decline started earlier and is still continuing,” offering “a tantalizing suggestion – still inconclusive – that Omicron infections may be in rapid remission after the ferocious spike. ”

Marta Nunes, a senior researcher in Vaccines and the Department of Analysis of Infectious Diseases at the University of the Witwatersrand, told AP. “It was a short wave…and the good news is it was not very serious terms hospitalization and death. “

Dr Fareed Abdullah, who is working in the COVID ward of Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria, concurs with the sharp drop in the number of cases recorded in Gauteng, South Africa’s most populous province. “The rapid increase in new cases has been followed by a rapid decline and it looks like we are seeing the beginning of the decline of this wave.”

Not everyone agrees. “In terms of the daily doubles that we saw just over a week ago in huge numbers, that seems to have stabilized,” said Veronica Uekermann, COVID-19 response lead at Steve Academic Hospital Biko, tell AP. “But it’s too early to say we’re past the peak.” She noted that South Africa is in the midst of a holiday season, which entails a lot of tourism and an opportunity to spread the virus.

Yes Other Notes. “Daily virus case counts are notoriously unreliable, as they can be affected by uneven testing, reporting delays and other fluctuations.” AP Noteand South Africa, with an average age of 27, is neither America nor Europe. “Every context, every country is different,” Nunes said AP. “The population is different. Demographics of the population, immunity is different in different countries.”

But so are viruses, so maybe – just maybe – Omicron’s reign of terror will be short and less terrible than terrifying.

https://theweek.com/omicron/1008337/south-africas-ferocious-omicron-wave-already-appears-to-be-past-the-peak-medical Health experts say South Africa’s raging wave of Omicrons appears to have ‘passed its peak’

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