Good news from South Africa ! There was a 20.8% decrease in the number of new Covid-19 cases detected in South Africa as of Saturday. Ridhwaan Suliman, senior researcher at the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, told media that the country has “surpassed the peak of the Omicron wave now, driven by the significant decline in the populous province and epicenter, Gauteng.” Most other provinces in the country have also passed their peaks. A graph showed a steep rise in cases from close to zero in mid-November to an average of 10,000 daily cases early in December. That had since fallen sharply to around 5,000 per day on average. Suliman characterized the country’s fourth wave as a “steeper wave,” that was “significantly shorter” than those prior. It was also constated another think: hospitalizations and deaths from this wave have proven to be “significantly lower relative to that experienced in previous waves.”
A study of South Africa’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases found that the omicron variant was 80 percent less likely to lead to hospitalization than the delta variant. In fact, even in the U.S. Omicron shows signs of milder disease. It’s expected that the same thing will happen in every country. South Africa had decided not to impose a lockdown or other major restrictions.