South Africa’s covid cases drop by 38% in one week, as the death statistics prove that Omicron is more severe than Delta.

  • The country reached its peak seven days prior to December 17, when the average of 23,437 cases was recorded 
  • However, Monday’s number was down 38% to 14,390 cases of coronavirus. 
  • According to UK data, Omicron has a lower death rate than the Delta variant.
  • The daily death rate was 578 per month at the start of 2011, and now it’s around 60. 

Cases of Covid in South Africa are continuing to fall, as the wave caused by Omicron appears to burn itself out.

Omicron struck the Philippines first, and it reached its peak during the 7 days leading up to December 17th. An average of 23,437 Omicron-related cases was recorded.

However, Monday’s number was down 38 percent to 14,390.

These figures represent the average of seven days. This makes them more reliable that fluctuating daily statistics. However, people tend to move to rural areas from large cities in South Africa around Christmas, when they have a lower chance of getting tested.

A healthcare worker administers the Pfizer vaccine to a man amid the spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant in Johannesburg, South Africa, on December 9

One healthcare worker gives the Pfizer vaccine during the Omicron coronavirus outbreak in Johannesburg, South Africa on December 9, 2018.

Scientists at the Africa Health Research Institute in Durban, South Africa, work on the Omicron variant of coronavirus on December 15

On December 15, scientists at South Africa’s Africa Health Research Institute, Durban, worked on Omicron coronavirus.

The UK evidence suggests that Omicron causes less death than Delta. However, the deaths figures reflect this.

In South Africa at the beginning of this year, the death rate was 578 per day on average in the seven days leading up to January 4.

There are 60 daily deaths. This suggests that South Africa’s patients may have more mild symptoms, and thus less likelihood of ending up in hospital.

Jamie Jenkins, former Head of Health Analysis at the Office for National Statistics stated that: “This data confirms that what scientists in South Africa had been saying for several weeks is that this variant of HIV is more transmissible making it more likely that people will catch it but the consequences and severity of it are lower.

Passengers board buses traveling to Zimbabwe amid the spread of the Omicron variant in Johannesburg, South Africa, on December 14

Buses carrying passengers to Zimbabwe were boarded by people who saw the Omicron variant spread in Johannesburg (South Africa) on December 14.

Travellers queue at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg on November 27, after several countries banned flights from South Africa following the discovery of Omicron

After Omicron was discovered, several countries have banned South African flights. Travellers waited in line at OR Tambo International Airport Johannesburg (November 27, 2007).

“We see far fewer deaths now than in the past.”

According to South Africa’s latest data, nine of 10 Omicron deaths occurred in patients who were not vaccinated.

Only 40 of the 309 people who died from this variant in the United States were among those who received two doses of vaccine, which is a testament to the critical protection afforded by jabbing.