In South Africa, where the novel coronavirus mutation, Omicron, was first reported, the number of infections is rising rapidly.
According to CNN on the 3rd (local time), South Africa’s health minister, Joe Pahla, announced in a briefing that the number of new cases had risen from 2,565 on the 25th to 11,555 the previous day.
On the 24th of last month, South African medical staff first reported the omicron mutation to the World Health Organization (WHO).
“It’s actually very contagious, including infections in people who have been vaccinated,” he said. “Hospital admissions are mostly unvaccinated and young people under the age of 40,” he added.
Dr Michelle Groom, director of public health monitoring and response at the National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NICD), said at the same briefing that “Omicron is also spreading among the elderly.”
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