Sport: South Africa: Wave Omicron Passed Without Peak

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South Africa, where the new VVID variant is detected. Last month, announced having passed the peak of the Omicron wave, with an increase only "marginal" of death, while many countries are experiencing record infections.

"According to our experts, Omicron has reached his peak without translationating a significant or alarming change regarding the number of hospitalizations," said Friday, the Mondli Gungubele president, ensuring that the government would remain vigilant to the slightest opposite .

The night curfew, in place for almost two years, 21 months precisely, had reduced to hours between midnight and 4 o'clock in the morning. On the eve of the celebrations for the New Year, he is finally lifted.

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"Our hope is that this lifting is maintained," said the minister at a virtual press point. "We seek to strike a balance between people's lives, their livelihoods, and the goal of saving lives," he explained, reminding that the South African economy was heavily affected by the pandemic.

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by maintaining the port of the mask, the distancing, and accelerating the vaccination which Stayed on objectives, with only 15.6 million people completely vaccinated for a population of 59 million, the minister hopes that "the curfew will never come back".

Thursday evening, the Presidency announced that "all the indicators suggest that the country was likely to have passed the peak of the fourth wave" of the pandemic and a "marginal increase in the number of deaths was noted."

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The number of infections, hospitalizations and deaths will continue to be "followed hour per hour and if we observe a difference" in evolution, "we will act on immediately," said the minister on Friday.

- Narcotizing speed -

New contaminations fell by nearly 30% last week (89,781), compared to the previous week (127,753). And the admissions to the hospital declined in eight nine provinces: "Although the Omicron variant is highly transmissible, the hospitalization rates were lower than in previous waves," said the presidency.

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Omicron, which has a high number of mutations fearing a resistance to vaccines, was identified for the first time in Botswana and in South Africa at the end of November. It quickly became dominant in South Africa, causing an exponential increase in the number of contaminations up to more than 26,000 daily cases in mid-December, according to official statistics.

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The variant is currently present in a hundred countries, according to WHO. Extremely contagious, it affects vaccinated people as well as those that have already been contaminated with the virus.

African country officially the most affected, South Africa has more than 3.4 million cases and 91,000 deaths. Fewer than 13,000 cases have been detected in the last 24 hours.

"The speed at which the fourth wave due to Omicron has increased, then reaches a peak and then declined, has been amazing. A peak in four weeks and a decline precipitated in two weeks", has twitty fareed abdullah of the South African Council of Medical research (samrc).

While many countries affected by Omicron announce a strengthening of health restrictions, and record cases of new contaminations per day, the South African government has thus lifted the curfew and night schools can resume normal operation.

The wearing of the mask, however, remains mandatory in the public space and the gatherings are still limited: 1,000 people maximum inside, 2,000 outside.

Requests for a curfew increase had multiplied in recent days, in anticipation of New Year's Eve, including a petition of restaurant owners and bars.

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