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WHO: Omicron, concerns about a surge in confirmed cases… Expert: South Africa expects 10,000 people a day

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The World Health Organization (WHO) is concerned that the COVID-19 micron mutation could cause a surge in the number of confirmed cases. In South Africa, it is predicted that the number of confirmed cases could rise to 10,000 a day.

In the document ‘Strengthening against Omicron’ released on the 29th (local time), the WHO diagnosed that, “Considering mutations that can confer advantages in terms of immunity evasion potential and contagiousness, it is highly likely that Omicron is more likely to spread worldwide.” did. He continued, “According to these characteristics, COVID-19 (confirmed cases) may surge in the future and may have serious consequences depending on several factors, such as where the surge occurs. said

Omicron mutations were first discovered in South Africa, and there are currently confirmed cases in 17 countries around the world. Omicron is estimated to have high transmission power as there are 32 genetic mutations in the protruding spike protein used by the Corona 19 virus to penetrate the human body.

In South Africa, where Omicron was first discovered, it was predicted that the number of confirmed cases per day could reach 10,000 by the weekend. Prof Salim Abdul Karim, a prominent South African epidemiologist, predicted on the same day that “the number of new cases of COVID-19 a day could rise to 10,000 by the weekend.” South Africa recorded 2,273 new cases on that day, with a positive rate of 10.7% of those tested.

In South Africa, the average number of new cases per day for 7 days in the past two weeks has increased tenfold, from 200 to more than 2,000 per day. Some local scientists estimate that up to 90% of new cases are microns.

Professor Karim appeared on eNCA, a news channel on the same day, and was concerned that the next two to three weeks would be a turning point, and that a surge in confirmed cases would put a burden on hospitals in Hauteng Province, a hot spot in the metropolitan area. However, he emphasized that there is no need to panic, saying that the authorities have already expected a fourth infection and have secured beds and oxygen.

However, doctors in South Africa now say the latest cases have shown mild symptoms, the Associated Press reported. Dr. Unben Piley, a general practitioner in Hauteng Province, the capital region, where 81% of new cases were reported, said in an online press briefing on the same day, “The number of confirmed cases has surged in the past 10 days, and most of them are mild symptoms.” The patients showed flu-like symptoms, such as dry cough, fever, night sweats, and severe body aches.

Currently, most of South Africa’s coronavirus patients are unvaccinated. Dr. Phillay said, “Vaccinated people are much better, and hospitalization rates haven’t risen much. But it’s still in its infancy,” he said.

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