A senior researcher at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Dr Ridhwaan Suliman has confirmed that the fourth wave of the coronavirus in Gauteng, that is being driven by the highly contagious Omicron variant, is now on a consistent decline in the country’s richest province.
Dr Suliman says in a tweet that the wave peaked in Gauteng with a case incidence of about 67 new cases per 100 000.
He says the fourth wave has peaked at around 90% of the Delta wave peak.
However, the other provinces, including KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape may still be approaching their peaks in the Omicron-fueled fourth wave.
People are urged to get the vaccine as it is safe and effective against coronavirus.
Meanwhile, South Africa reported 16 080 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 3 292 609. This increase represents a 28.8% positivity rate.
A further 48 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 90 345 to date.
Confirmed #COVID19 cases in Gauteng ?? now on a decline, having peaked at case incidence of ~67 new cases per 100k, ~90% of delta wave peak, and currently showing a halving time of ~11 days ?#Omicron #OmicronVariant #Gauteng #Covid_19 pic.twitter.com/XLQbHZ1XaI
— Ridhwaan Suliman (@rid1tweets) December 18, 2021
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