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In South Africa COVID-19 cases rise sharply amid Omicron breakout

11:20, 02 December 2021
In South Africa COVID-19 cases rise sharply amid Omicron breakout Photo: Сергей Булкин/NEWS.ru

The incidence of COVID-19 has sharply increased in South Africa as the new Omicron strain may become dominant in the country, The Guardian reported on Thursday.


“The degree of increase is worrying,” Dr. Michelle Groome of South Africa’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) said.

According to Groom, over the past two weeks, the average number of daily cases in seven days has grown from 300 to 3,500. On December 1, more than 8,000 cases were detected in South Africa as 1,200 were recorded on the same day a week ago.

The South African Health Service said that 74% of all viral genomes which were sequenced in November belonged to the new variant.

Over the entire period of the pandemic in South Africa, more than 2,7 million cases of coronavirus infection and almost 90 thousand deaths from the consequences of the disease were detected. Earlier, the WHO reported that the number of new weekly cases of infection with the virus increased by 93% in recent weeks in the African region.

The US Department of Health identified on Wednesday the first case of a new variant of the coronavirus Omicron which was detected in the state of California.