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South Africa lifts curfew as Omicron waves subside

South Africa, where a variant of Omicron was detected last month, will be able to lift the curfew for the first time in 21 months, with the latest coronavirus (Covid-19) wave peaking without death or a surge in hospitalization. It says that it has become.
The Omicron variant emerged in November and became the leading variant of the pandemic, causing new cases at record speeds around the world.
“According to experts, Omicron has peaked and clinical symptoms have not caused any warning to the hospital situation,” said Mondoli Gungubere, Minister of the Presidential Office of Cyril Ramaphosa, yesterday.
“According to experts, there are conditions that can lift the curfew,” he said at a press conference, detailing the move the president announced the night before.
Prior to the celebration of New Year’s Eve, there was a growing call from the hospitality industry to lift the curfew. Restaurant and nightspot owners have launched an online petition to open a lobby in Rama Poza.
In many countries other than Africa, regulations are being tightened to combat the proliferation of infections.
The minister warned that he would “monitor the situation on an hourly basis,” and added, “I hope he will never come back,” if necessary.
Gungubele said Africa’s most advanced but devastated economic government has taken action to attempt a “balance between livelihood and lifesaving.”
“Companies are suffering,” he said.
The highly contagious Omicron variant, which contains a large number of mutations, is fueling the resurgence of the year-end pandemic.
However, increased evidence in South Africa and elsewhere has fueled the hope that while Omicron is more contagious than other strains, it may not be as serious.
According to Cheong Wa Dae, South African infectious diseases have decreased by about 30% last week compared to the past seven days, and hospitalizations have decreased in eight of the nine states.
Still, the risk of an increase in infection remains “high,” the president warned in a statement Thursday night.
Masks are required in public places and meetings are limited to 1,000 people indoors and 2,000 outdoors.
The government continues to emphasize the need for caution and vaccination.
The inoculation rate has also improved. In South Africa, of the 59 million population, more than 15.6 million are fully vaccinated.
The president’s statement said that during the December surge, Covid-19’s deaths increased only slightly, but hospitalization rates were lower than in previous waves.
“This means that the country has the reserve capacity to accept patients even for routine medical services.”
Omicron was first identified in South Africa and Botswana in late November.
According to official statistics, it soon became the dominant strain in South Africa, causing an outbreak of infection, with approximately 26,000 cases recorded per day by mid-December.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), this variant currently exists in more than 100 countries.
People who have been vaccinated or who are already infected with the coronavirus can also be infected, but such people are at a much lower risk of becoming ill.
South Africa has been hit hardest by the coronavirus on the continent, with more than 3.4 million cases and 91,000 deaths.
However, less than 13,000 infections have been recorded in the last 24 hours.
“The rate at which the fourth wave of Omicron drive rises, peaks, and then falls is staggering. The peak is 4 weeks and then sharply decreases in 2 weeks,” said Fareed Abdullah of the South African Medical Research Council. I posted it on Twitter.
While many Omicron-affected countries are re-imposing anti-virus measures, South Africa is shortly before New Year’s Eve celebrations and the day before the revered anti-apartheid icon Desmond Tutu’s weekend funeral. Announced that the course will be reversed.

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