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Omicron Wave Has Peaked, South Africa Health Official says

South Africa has lifted its nightly curfews, claiming that the country’s fourth wave of Covid-19 infections has reached its peak.

The Omicron strain, while highly transmissible, had lower hospitalization rates than prior waves, according to a government statement.

It also said that the number of deaths had increased somewhat.

The variation, which was first discovered in South Africa last month, is rapidly spreading around the world, resulting in severe restrictions.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned of a “tsunami” of Delta and Omicron variant illnesses that might overwhelm health systems.

In South Africa, however, a statement issued following a special cabinet meeting stated that cases and hospital admission rates had decreased in practically all provinces.

The number of confirmed illnesses for the week ending December 25, 2021 was 89,781, down from 127,753 the week before.

The modifications include removing limitations on mobility between the hours of midnight and 4:00 a.m. Instead of shutting at 23:00, businesses will be able to sell alcohol under standard licensing requirements.

Since the declaration of a national state of calamity in late March 2020, several levels of overnight curfew have been in force.

Despite the Omicron wave, officials say the country still has “spare capacity for admittance of patients even for regular health services.”

The public is still being advised to be vaccinated and observe public health guidelines, which include wearing a mask at all times.

To allow for social separation, gatherings are limited to 1,000 people within and 2,000 outside, or 50 percent of venue capacity.

Officials stated the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) will keep an eye on the situation and make modifications if needed or if hospital pressure rises.

During the epidemic, South Africa had about 3.5 million Covid-19 cases and over 90,000 fatalities, more than any other African country.

Cedric Blackwater
Cedric Blackwater
Cedric is a journalist with over a decade of experience reporting on local US news, and touching on many global topics. He is currently the lead writer for Bulletin News.

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