South Africa: Omicron Gallops – Record number of daily cases


South Africa announced a record number of new COVID-19 daily cases today, in a fourth wave believed to be largely caused by the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

The National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) recorded 26,976 new cases in the last 24 hours, a number that exceeded the peak of 26,485 infections in early July, during the third wave caused by the then dominant Delta executive.

The NICD also reported another 54 deaths related to Covid-19 and an additional 620 hospital admissions.  

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