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16,55 confirmed cases of Corona in South Africa on the 3rd… Over 3 million cumulative

“Early 4th infection wave”… 68% of hospitalizations under the age of 40

Omicron, South Africa’s leading new cases, surge

Durban (AP Photo) – A man walks past a mobile corona 19 testing station in Durban, South Africa on the 3rd (local time). 2021.12.4 photo@yna.co.kr

(Johannesburg = Yonhap News) Correspondent Kim Seong-jin = As the novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19) rapidly spread in South Africa, the cumulative number of confirmed cases exceeded 3 million.

South Africa’s National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NICD) announced on its Twitter account on the 3rd (local time) that there were 16,55 new confirmed cases and 3,04,203 cumulative confirmed cases.

On the previous day, the number of new confirmed cases was 11,535, recording more than 10,000 for two days in a row. The number of new confirmed cases on this day nearly quadrupled compared to three days ago.

The positive rate among testers was 24.3%, up from 22.4% the previous day.

The death toll from COVID-19 increased by 25 to 89,944.

South Africa, which first announced the detection of Omicron mutations on the 25th of last month, is currently entering the fourth wave of infection led by Omicron. It is estimated that about three-quarters of new confirmed cases are omicron-mutated infections.

Earlier, the NICD reported in a statement that 68% of hospital admissions in Tsuwane in the early stages of the fourth wave were under the age of 40, Bloomberg News reported. Tsuwane is a metropolitan city including the capital Pretoria, serving as the epicenter of the spread of omicron mutations.

This contrasts with those in their 50s and over who accounted for 66.1% of all hospitalizations at the beginning of the third wave of infection led by the delta mutation.

In addition, while the severity of the third wave reached 66.1% at the beginning of the third wave, the severity rate at the beginning of the fourth wave was 32.9%.

However, this time, 11% of hospitalized patients were younger than 2 years of age.

When the third wave began, the vaccination drive was delayed.

This initial analysis targeted 640 hospitals from November 13 to 27.

Citing the NICD on the same day, eNCA reported that new infections initially increased mainly among 10-29 year-olds, but are now spreading to all age groups. He added that, unlike the third wave, the hospitalization rate among those under the age of five is rapidly increasing.

sungjin@yna.co.kr

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