South Africa’s hospitalization rate plunges amid Omicron wave — Analysis
South Africa’s health minister offered encouraging Covid news. He said that Omicron is more contagious than other strains and is therefore causing fewer hospitalizations.
Joe Phaahla from South Africa’s Health Ministry stated on Friday that the Omicron variant of highly contagious infections caused by Omicron was causing a lower hospitalization rate than in the earlier wave.
In the second week, only 1.7% of Covid-19 confirmed cases were admitted to hospital. That’s compared with 19% who were hospitalized in the same week of the third wave, which was driven by the Delta variant, Phaahla said in an online press conference. The fourth wave of patients was also a success, he said. “fairly mild” symptoms.
But, the minister said that Covid-19 variants were causing more problems than the previous ones. The minister stated that there were approximately 20,000 cases per hour, which is a significant increase from the 4,400 cases in the first wave.
He suggested that the case numbers might have reached a peak in certain areas. This includes Gauteng (a Highveld-based State that hosts major cities Johannesburg, Pretoria and Pretoria), where South Africa discovered the omicron variant.
Phaahla claimed all nine provinces had been taken over by the new version.
Omicron spreads all over the world and is especially prevalent in the UK. It has triggered a new round of infection. The new strain, according to scientists, can evade immune system and infect others. This has prompted Britain to intensify its booster program.