South Africa's Covid cases DOUBLE in a day

South Africa’s Covid cases DOUBLE in a day as test positivity climbs to 16.5% and daily hospital admissions rise by a quarter amid fears of Omicron-driven wave — just hours after the WHO said vaccines SHOULD work against super-mutant

  • South Africa records 8,561 new Covid cases in the last 24 時間, マーキング 95.8% increase on yesterday
  • 51,977 people were swabbed and 16.5% tested positive for the virus, に比べ 10.2% テスト陽性
  • Cases have been soaring in the country since the super mutant Omicron variant emerged last month
  • 南アフリカ‘s Covid cases double in a day, but hospital admissions remain flat amid fears of an Omicron-driven wave of infections.

    Data from the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) ショー 8,561 new Covid cases were recorded in the last 24 時間, のジャンプ 95.8 per cent in a single day and 571.5 per cent in a week.

    Cases have been soaring in the country since the super mutant オミクロン variant emerged, which experts say appears to be more infectious than Delta and has mutations that may allow it to dodge vaccine protection.

    いくつか 51,977 people were swabbed in the country and 16.5 per cent tested positive for the virus. For comparison, 42,664 people took a Covid test yesterday and 10.2 per cent tested positive. Last Wednesday, ただ 3.6 per cent of individuals tested positive.

    その間, Covid hospital admissions remained flat and 28 死亡が記録された.

    The figures come after health chiefs said the variant may be less severe than previous strains.

    A World Health Organization official said there is no evidence the new variant has any impact on vaccine effectiveness against serious illness and those infected are reporting mild symptoms.

    And health chiefs in Botswana — where Omicron is believed to have emerged — revealed that 16 から 19 of its confirmed cases were asymptomatic and symptoms are ‘very, very mildamong those who have them.

    And Israeli officials claimed that a booster dose of Pfizer’s vaccine provides up to 90 per cent protection against severe illness from Omicron.

    But experts warn it will be at least two weeks until they have a better understanding of what impact the variant could have.

    But Dr Maria Van Kerkhove, an epidemiologist at the WHO, said ‘surveillance biascould be underestimating the severity of Omicron, because young people have been the main spreaders of the strain.

    And SAGE, No10’s scientific advisors, warned Britain should brace for a ‘potentially very significant wave with associated hospitalisationsthis winter if the worst estimates about Omicron turn out to be true.

    This map shows the pace of surging infections in the country. In Gauteng, the epicentre, they are rising week-on-week by more than 300 per cent alongside its neighbours the North West and Limpopo. Scientists say the variant is likely already in every province of the country, although it is unclear at present how many cases are linked to the strain

    This map shows the pace of surging infections in the country. In Gauteng, the epicentre, they are rising week-on-week by more than 300 per cent alongside its neighbours the North West and Limpopo. Scientists say the variant is likely already in every province of the country, although it is unclear at present how many cases are linked to the strain

    Last Wednesday, 1,275 people tested positive in South Africa — marking a 3.6 per cent positivity rate — and the figure increased six-fold in a week, と 8,561 people testing positive, に等しい 16.5 per cent of people who were swabbed.

    South Africa has recorded 2.9million cases since the beginning of the pandemic.

    What’s all the fuss about? Most Omicron cases are ‘mildor show no symptoms at all, World Health Organization says

    Most Omicron cases are ‘mildand there is no evidence the new variant has any impact on vaccine effectiveness against serious illness, a World Health Organization official claimed today.

    A spokesperson for the global health agency said early data suggests the mutant strain is better at infecting people than Delta, even the fully vaccinated.

    But there is no signal that existing vaccines will be any less effective at preventing hospitalisations and deaths, the official, speaking anonymously, told Reuters.

    It is unclear what evidence the WHO is referring to, but the comment marks the first official hint that the Omicron super-strain may not wreak as much global havoc as initially feared.

    But despite fears about Omicron, South Africa is still recording far fewer overall Covid cases per population size than both the UK and US.

    Figures from the Oxford University research platform Our World in Data shows South Africa has 46 cases per million people compared to 628 in the UK and 246 アメリカ合衆国で. Cases are rising sharply in South Africa but are starting at a low base.

    これまでのところ, のみ 172 Omicron cases have been confirmed in South Africa and doctors there maintain that patients with the new variant are presenting with milder symptoms than previous strains — even though daily cases have soared 400 per cent in a week to 4,373 昨日.

    Botswana — the country where Omicron is believed to have emerged — today revealed that 16 から 19 of its confirmed cases were asymptomatic.

    広告

    その間, hospitalisations have risen by 26 per cent in the last seven days. 平均で 146 people were admitted each day last week, while an average of 184 Covid-infected patients required hospital care over the first three days of this week.

    And Covid deaths have increased from 22 last Wednesday to 28 今日, マーキング 27 per cent rise.

    Trends in hospitalisations and deaths lag two to three weeks behind the pattern in cases, due to the time it takes to become seriously unwell after catching the virus.

    Scientists in South Africa have warned that the vast majority of people who end up being hospitalised with the Omicron variant are unvaccinated.

    いくつか 23.8 per cent of South Africa’s entire population is double-jabbed, に比べ 67.9 per cent of Britons and 58.1 per cent of Americans, according to Oxford University platform Our World in Data.

    But South Africa is still recording far fewer overall Covid cases per population size than both the UK and US.

    And so far, のみ 172 Omicron cases have been confirmed in South Africa and doctors there maintain that patients with the new variant are presenting with milder symptoms than previous strains — even though daily cases have soared.

    その間, a spokesperson for the WHO, speaking anonymously to Reuters, said early data suggests the mutant strain is better at infecting people than Delta, even the fully vaccinated.

    But there is no signal that existing vaccines will be any less effective at preventing hospitalisations and deaths, 彼らは言った.

    It is unclear what evidence the WHO is referring to, but the comment marks the first official hint that the Omicron super-strain may not wreak as much global havoc as initially feared.

    It comes after Botswana’s health ministry revealed it had detected 19 Omicron cases in the country and 16 among the group had no symptoms of the virus.

    Dr Pamela Smith-Lawrence, acting director of Health in the Ministry of Health and Wellness, said the majority of the 19 infected people have already tested negative.

    And the two people who reported feeling unwell had ‘very, very mildsymptoms, 彼女は言いました.

    It is ‘unfairto treat Botswana as ground zero of the new variant, Dr Smith-Lawrence added.

    その間, Israeli health minister Nitzan Horowitz yesterday said there was ‘room for optimismabout the variant and existing vaccines will shield against severe illness from the super-strain, based on ‘initial indications’.

    Dr Angelique Coetzee, chair of the South African Medical Association and the first person to spot the new variant in a patient, said her patients infected with Omicron reported different and much milder symptoms, including tiredness, muscle aches, a sore head and a dry cough. But none reported the tell-tale symptoms of a loss of smell or taste or breathing difficulties

    Dr Angelique Coetzee, chair of the South African Medical Association and the first person to spot the new variant in a patient, said her patients infected with Omicron reported different and much milder symptoms, including tiredness, muscle aches, a sore head and a dry cough. But none reported the tell-tale symptoms of a loss of smell or taste or breathing difficulties

    Boosters ARE effective against Omicron: Israeli scientists claim Pfizer’s jab provides up to 90% protection

    People who get a booster Pfizer Covid vaccine or who had their second jab within six months should still be highly protected against Omicron, Israeli health chiefs claim.

    Without citing any data, Health minister Nitzan Horowitz yesterday said there was ‘room for optimismand that existing vaccines will shield against severe illness from the super-strain, based on ‘initial indications’.

    時間後, a report by an Israeli news channel claimed the Pfizer jab was 90 per cent effective at preventing symptomatic infection from Omicron, only slightly less than Delta.

    チャンネル 12 news broadcast also claimed the super variant is just 30 per cent more infectious than Delta — much lower than initially feared.

    or comparison, Delta is 70 per cent more infectious than the Alpha strain, which it outpaced earlier this year.

    広告

    時間後, a report by an Israeli news channel claimed the Pfizer jab was 90 per cent effective at preventing symptomatic infection from Omicron, only slightly less than Delta.

    チャンネル 12 news broadcast also claimed the super variant is just 30 per cent more infectious than Delta — much lower than initially feared.

    For comparison, Delta is 70 per cent more infectious than the Alpha strain, which it outpaced earlier this year.

    A spokesperson for the country’s Health Ministry last night said it was not yet in possession of this data.

    But Dr van Kerkhove, the Covid technical lead at the WHO, said she has seen reports of people infected with Omicron ranging from mild symptoms ‘all the way through to severe disease’.

    She said there are ‘some suggestions’ Omicron is more transmissible than Delta and we should have a firm answer in the coming days.

    ‘There is some indication that some of the patients are presenting with mild disease, but again it is early days. We have a surveillance bias right now in terms of the cases that are being detected,’ Dr van Kerkhove added.

    If the reports are confirmed it will be a massive relief to the UK which last night launched a mammoth booster programme for all adults, using Pfizer and Moderna’s jabs, with the hope of curbing the mutant variant.

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson said all 53million adults in the UK will be offered a third dose by the end of January.

    いくつか 32 Omicron cases have been detected in the UK. The figure is expected to grow and there is thought to be transmission of the strain within the community already.

    その間, No10’s scientific advisors SAGE today warned Omicron could cause a ‘significant waveon hospitalisations in a worst-case scenario.

    The expert panel called for all UK arrivals to quarantine for five days and take a pre-departure PCR test even if they are vaccinated, because current travel curbs are allowing a ‘significantnumber of infected people to slip through the cracks.

    The UK and US are both recording much higher levels of infection than South Africa - the epicentre of the Omicron outbreak - but cases are rising sharply and are up 400 per cent in a week

    The UK and US are both recording much higher levels of infection than South Africathe epicentre of the Omicron outbreakbut cases are rising sharply and are up 400 per cent in a week

    South Africa's case numbers are likely to be an underestimate because the country is doing far fewer tests than the UK, but a comparable number to the US

    South Africa’s case numbers are likely to be an underestimate because the country is doing far fewer tests than the UK, but a comparable number to the US

    Just a quarter of South Africans have had two Covid vaccine doses compared to almost 60 per cent in the US and 70 英国のパーセント

    The above graph shows the seven-day average for the change in Covid cases week-on-week. It reveals that cases are now rising in every province of South Africa. It is not clear how many are linked to Omicron, but scientists there say the variant has already spread to every province of the country

    The above graph shows the seven-day average for the change in Covid cases week-on-week. It reveals that cases are now rising in every province of South Africa. It is not clear how many are linked to Omicron, but scientists there say the variant has already spread to every province of the country

    SAGE calls for compulsory five-day isolation and ‘fit to flytests for all UK arrivals

    All UK arrivals should be forced to quarantine for five days and take a pre-departure PCR test even if they are vaccinated, セージ has advised.

    The expert panel warned the current travel curbs were allowing ‘significantnumbers of infected people to slip through the cracks.

    現在, fully vaccinated people coming into the UK need to take a PCR test within the first two days of returning to the UK.

    There is nothing stopping them taking this as soon as they land and getting a result on the same day, releasing them from isolation in hours.

    SAGE scientists said this might not give enough time for the virus to incubate. They also called for ministers to bring in day five and day eight tests.

    Only unvaccinated people coming into the UK have to take ‘fit to flytests before getting on a plane back to Britain.

    SAGE’s new advice was leaked from minutes of an emergency meeting about the new Omicron variant held on Monday.

    より多い 30 scientists attended the video conference on November 29, led by chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance and chief medical adviser Professor Chris Whitty.

    広告

    現在, fully vaccinated people coming into the UK need to take a PCR test within the first two days of returning to the UK.

    There is nothing stopping them taking this as soon as they land and getting a result on the same day, releasing them from isolation in hours.

    In minutes leaked from an emergency meeting held on Monday, SAGE scientists said this might not give enough time for the virus to incubate. They also called for ministers to bring in day five and day eight tests.

    Only unvaccinated people coming into the UK have to take ‘fit to flytests before getting on a plane back to Britain.

    より多い 30 scientists attended the video conference on November 29, led by chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance and chief medical adviser Professor Chris Whitty.

    But WHO boss Dr Adhanom Ghebreyesus said despite Omicron spreading to 23 countries and showing no signs of slowing down, it is ‘deeply concerningthat African countries — where cases are concentrated — are being ‘penalisedthrough travel bans.

    He told a WHO press briefing: ‘WHO takes this development extremely seriously, and so should every country.

    ‘But it should not surprise us. This is what viruses do. And it’s what this virus will continue to do as long as we allow it to continue spreading.

    ‘We’re learning more all the time about Omicron, but there is still more to learn about its effect on transmission, severity of disease and the effectiveness of tests, therapeutics and vaccines.

    Dr Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Botswana and South Africa ‘are now being penalised by others for doing the right thingthrough travel bans.

    彼が追加した: ‘We call on all countries to take rational, proportional, risk-reduction measures in keeping with international health regulations.

    ‘This includes measures to delay or reduce the spread of the new variant, such as screening of passengers prior to travelling and or upon arrival, or the application of quarantine to international travellers.

    ‘Blanket travel bans will not prevent the international spread of Omicron and they place a heavy burden on lives and livelihoods,’ 彼は言った.

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