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South Africa's daily Covid cases soar 467% in a week with 16,055 new infections

Added 12-04-21 06:36:03am EST - “The country's National Institute for Communicable Diseases recorded another 16,055 Covid cases in the last 24 hours - with the vast majority in epicentre Gauteng province.” - Dailymail.co.uk

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Dailymail.co.uk: “South Africa's Covid cases soar 467% in a week with 16,055 infections”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Covid cases in Omicron-stricken South Africa spiralled almost five-fold in a week today and hospitalisations rocketed more than 360 per cent — as officials warn the R rate in the epicentre may be as high as 3.5.

The country's National Institute for Communicable Diseases recorded another 16,055 Covid cases in the last 24 hours — with the vast majority in epicentre Gauteng province. 

This was a jump of 468 per cent on a week ago when 2,828 infections were announced, and up 1,900 per cent on a fortnight ago when 789 infections were registered.

Hospitalisations also surged after 279 were recorded today, compared to 60 last Friday. And deaths more than doubled after 25 were recorded compared to 12 a week ago.

South Africa is seeing a meteoric rise in its cases amid the rampant spread of the Omicron variant, which scientists say has already reached every province in the country.

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