Tuesday, May 17, 2022

S.Africa’s new COVID cases cross 10,000 for first time since January

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South Africa’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases on Wednesday reported 10,017 new COVID-19 cases, On the first day since January, the institute has reported more than 10,000 new infections.

Health authorities have warned South Africa may be entering the fifth wave of infections driven by the BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron sub-variants.

South Africa has recorded the most coronavirus cases and deaths on the African continent and only exited the fourth wave in January.

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Experts had predicted a fifth wave could start during the southern hemisphere winter months, sometime in May or June.

Just under 50% of South Africa’s adult population of roughly 40 million have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine, with 45% of adults fully vaccinated.

The pace of vaccinations has slowed in recent months, with officials warning that shots risk being discarded.

Initially, the vaccination campaign was dogged by difficulties securing early supplies but later by hesitancy.

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