However, as per new data provided from the last 50 days, rapidly declined the infection rate now in the country. The country reports more irregular hospital admissions, and ICU admissions show that the Omicron variant leads to milder disease than Delta.
Moreover, the country has also recorded fewer rate of deaths compared to the previous wave.
Below is the data-
The chart indicates the average number of daily COVID-19 cases in South Africa during the wave of Omicron (November 16, 2021, to January 3, 2022), a total of 49 days of data.
The chart demonstrates the Delta wave from May 1, 2021, to November 15, 2021 total of 199 days.
The graph shows the Beta wave from October 1, 2020, to April 30- 212.
The data shows the total number of omicron patients admitted in hospitals due to Omicron. In starting the Omicron variant hospitals, admissions were at the peak, with the total number of access of 3,564, relatively more inferior than the peak reached during the wave of Delta at 9,208.
However, data of ICU admissions were relatively lower than the Delta wave and similar to the number registered during the Beta wave.
“The drop in the cases of Omicron nationally combined with the sustained decline in new variant cases in Gauteng province. According to ‘Marta Nunes,’ senior vaccine researcher said, “we have passed the peak.”
Furthermore, she added, it was a short wave…. and the good news is it was not very harmful compared to COVID-19, and the hospital admissions and deaths were also lower.
It was not expected because what we faced in November was followed by a steep decrease.