S.Africa says Omicron has reached its peak

The country made the changes based on the trajectory of the pandemic, levels of vaccination in the country and available capacity in the health sector, according to a press release issued by Mondli Gungubele, a minister in the presidency.

South Africa is currently at the lowest of its five-stage COVID-19 alert levels.

"According to the experts, Omicron has reached the peak, having reached the peak with clinical manifestations that have not caused any alarm in the hospital situation," Gungubele said in a media briefing.

Data from the Department of Health showed a 29.7% decrease in the number of new cases detected in the week ending December 25 compared to the number of cases found in the previous week, at 127,753, the government said.

South Africa, with close to 3.5 million infections and 91,000 deaths, has been the worst-hit country in Africa during the pandemic on both counts.

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