Coronavirus: Omicron Variant Fuels COVID 19 Rise in South Africa
The omicron variant has fueled the rise of coronavirus cases in South Africa and is quickly becoming the dominant strain
More countries have confirmed their first cases of the highly transmissible strain including the US, UAE, and South Korea
From a daily average case of 300 cases, South Africa’s daily infection has risen to 3,000
Local health officials in South Africa have disclosed that the Omicron variant is quickly becoming the dominant strain in the country.
The fast-spreading virus has also extended to other countries with the United Arab Emirates and South Korea and the US recording their first cases.
A spokesperson for South Africa’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) Michelle Groome disclosed that the strain has led to an exponential rise in COVID cases in the past two weeks.
From average daily recordings of 300, daily new cases went to 1,000 last week and more recently it reached 3,500.
The NICD disclosed that about 74% of the virus genome that were sequenced in November were of the Omicron strain.
The strain has already been discovered in over a dozen countries as experts rush to determine the effectiveness of vaccines against it.
A governments wait for an insight into the level of threat the virus poses, many countries have moved to tighten border restrictions to prevent the spread.