Data from South Africa continues to dispel fears of the end of the world.
The number of COVID-19 hospital stays in South Africa, the epicenter of the Omicron outbreak, has decreased by 25% in the past week, suggesting once again that the variant is milder than previous strains.
According to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), the number of people infected with the virus in hospitals has fallen to 5,600.
“The numbers support recent reports that the new, heavily mutated variant of the Covid-19 virus may not be as severe as other forms of the virus such as the beta or delta variants,” reports the Telegraph.
The seven-day moving average of new infections in Gauteng Province also fell by more than 10,000 to less than 8,000.
Professor Tom Moultrie, a senior demographer at the University of Cape Town, responded to the news by saying: “It really looks like … my country will emerge from this wave relatively unscathed.”
As we highlighted yesterday COVID cases in South Africa peaked on December 15 and have decreased daily since then.
The country’s health authorities have even suggested that Tracking and quarantine of anyone who has come into contact with Omikron, as this will not help stop the spread of the variant, which is only causing mild symptoms.
Last week, South African Health Minister Joe Phaahla stated that only 1.7% of COVID cases are hospitalized in the current Omicron cases, up from 19% in the previous wave.
While Phaahla urged his people to enjoy Christmas, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is still being urged by SAGE advisors to put the country under a new “lockdown lite” regime that would ruin businesses during the high season.