South Africa: 50% more cases of Covid reported in 24 hours

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A new wave of the coronavirus driven by two new Omicron sub-variants in South Africa has led to more than 50% increase in infections in 24 hours.

According to official figures released on Thursday, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases counted 9,757 new cases of Covid-19 in the country, 50% more than the 6,170 new cases counted the day before on Wednesday. 64 new deaths were also reported.

More than a quarter of the people tested had a positive result, the highest rate recorded in months. Covid-19 has also claimed seven lives in the last two days.

The country of nearly 60 million people, where less than 45% of the adult population is fully vaccinated, has officially recorded more than 3.8 million cases and over 100, 000 deaths.

Two new Omicron sub-variants, whose virulence has yet to be determined, are causing the new wave of Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

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