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The dramatic increase in new positive COVID cases in South Africa, largely driven by the new variant Omicron, is of great concern, health officials noted in Parliament on Wednesday. & nbsp ;
“The degree of increase is of greatest concern,” said Dr Michelle Groome of the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD).
In two weeks, the country has seen an “exponential increase” from just over 300 new cases per day on average over a seven-day period, to a thousand the following week, to more than 3,500 this week, she said. & nbsp;
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On Wednesday evening, the NICD announced 8,561 new cases identified during the day, against 4,373 the day before and 2,273 on Monday across the country.
The country is “at the very beginning of its fourth wave”, but the positivity rate of the tests carried out climbed to 27% on Wednesday in the province of Gauteng, the most populated and the most affected, especially around Pretoria.
The multiplication of positive cases is “largely due to the new variant” Omicron, now “dominant” since it represents the vast majority of new cases in South Africa, underlined the scientist during this presentation organized by the ministry of Health. & nbsp;
Young people, 10-19 year olds but also 20-29 year olds, who are celebrating the end of their school year in this southern spring, seem to be a driving force behind this spread. They test much more positive than the other categories, although in recent days the infections are “moving to the elderly”. & Nbsp;
South Africa is the country most affected by the pandemic with nearly 3 million official cases, “an underestimated number, if you take into account the asymptomatic and those who for all kinds of reasons will not get tested,” said Dr Groome.
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