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Sudden increase: The incidence of corona has doubled in South Africa

Status: 01.12.2021 10:43 pm

New corona infections double in one day: In South Africa, the number of positive cases is rising. It is not yet clear whether this is related to the new Omikron variant.

The number of corona victims has doubled in a single day in South Africa. Of the approximately 52,000 tests, 8561 were positive or 16.5 percent, according to the South African Institute for Communicable Diseases NICD.

On Tuesday, 4373 positive cases were reported, while on Monday 2273. In absolute numbers, these are significantly fewer cases compared to the current situation in Germany. However, a very high positive rate of 16.5 per cent may be a sign of rapid growth in the country and a high number of undeclared infections. In early November, one percent of the tests were still positive.

In South Africa, with a population of about 60 million, more than 20,000 new infections are reported per day in June and July, which is significantly higher than it is now. In early November, an average of about 200 new infections were reported per day, but since then the number has risen significantly again.

The relationship with Omigran is not clear

It is not yet clear whether this sudden increase is related to the new Omigron variant. This variant was first discovered in South Africa and described in South Africa. Researcher Richard Lessels, who contributed to the discovery of the Omigron variant B.1.1.529, however, said that the mutant “quickly becomes a dominant variant”.

At a conference in the South African parliament, Lessels said the number of hospital admissions was on the rise and that the next few weeks would show how the new variant works. The virus seeks out the vulnerable to continue living on its own. “Vaccines make sure you do not go to the hospital and you do not die, and even in the face of this new variant they do it better,” says Lessels.

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To find out if a person has the Omigran variant, the genes of the virus must be sorted. Omigron was found in 74 percent of the genes studied in November, according to the South African Institute for Infectious Diseases. Experts are currently investigating whether Omigron is more easily transmitted by its mutations than the delta variant of the corona virus that currently dominates many places, and whether vaccines are effective enough against it.