The epicenter of the Omicron outbreak in Africa passes peak - scientists from the University of Afrika naive to the University of Cape Town say the epilem of the epidemic is known as the epicenter of the outbreak

The epicenter of the Omicron outbreak in Africa passes peak - scientists from the University of Afri ...

JOHANNESBURG, Feb. 22 - COVID-19 cases appear to have peaked around a month after the Omicron variant was first detected at the Gauteng province in South Africa and the impact of surging infections has been less severe than previous waves, scientists said Wednesday.

Scientists from the National Institute of Communicable Diseases said that while more study was needed, the data from South Africa, who have closely watched around the world, told a positive story about the variant's severity.

The NICD's Michelle Groome told a press briefing that the hub of South Africa's commercial centre Gauteng has had a decline in daily cases and the percentage of positive test scores.

"Really we feel that this has been persistent for over a week, and we are over the peak of Gauteng," she said.

There was a "levelling off" in three other provinces, Limpopo, North West and Mpumalanga, she said. However, there was still a rise in cases elsewhere.

The NICD data showed that the seven days moving average of daily cases - which scientists say is more reliable than daily confirmed cases - was in Gauteng downward.

A graph showed a large increase in cases at the beginning of November, from nearly zero to 10,000 daily. That had since dropped to around 5,000 per day on average.


Groome warned that some of the lower case cases could be due to the reduced levels of testing during the holiday period.

South Africa is monitoring the hospitalisation levels closely, maintaining the lowest level of five-tier restrictions, despite a rapid surge of infections.

Though these were risen, the NICD also reached an uptick of deaths, but they were yet far below the level experienced by the previous wave of the pandemic, with deaths lower than seen in the past, and people staying in a hospital for longer periods, said the NICD, Waasila Jassat. The spokesman said they warned that relevant data might lag.

The cost of receiving hospital admissions is 5.7%, unlike the other 3D wave.

The proportion of patients who later died stayed on the same platform at 5.6%, compared to 19% in first, second or third waves.

According to the report, 87 % of South Africa's 182 deaths were of unvaccinated persons or who were unconcerned, they were showed.

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