The number of Covid new cases defected in the week ending 25th December compared to the previous week, had increase to 29.7% accordingly as showed by the department of health data.
The South African government has lifted their curfew of midnight to 4am on People’s movement with immediate effect, believing that, the country has passed the peak of it’s fourth covid19 wave driven by omicron variant.
The changes was made based on the trajectory of the pandemic, levels of vaccination in the country and available capacity in the health sector, as said by a minister in the Presidency – Mondii Gungubele according to news reports.
“All indicators suggest the country may have passed the peak of the fourth wave at a national level” according to a statement from the special cabinet meeting held on Thursday.
According to researcher Sandile Cele, at the Africa Research Institute in Durban, South Africa, who worked on the Omicron variant. Jerome/AP Data from the Department of Health showed a 29.7 percent decrease in the week ending December 25th compared to the number of cases found in the previous week, at 127,753, the government said accordingly.
Meanwhile, South Africa with about 3.5m infections and 91,000 deaths, has been the worst hit country in Africa during the pandemic according to counts.
The government still stands on restrictions, of not more than 1000 people indoors and not more than 2000 People outdoors irrespective of the lift. Also that alcohol shops can revert back to full license conditions in their business.
“While the Omicron variant is highly transmissible, there has been lower rates of hospitalization than in previous waves” the cabinet said; adding that the wearing of mask in public places remained mandatory. Failure to wear a mask in South Africa when required remains a criminal offense. In conclusion.