The Daily Covid case in South Africa has fallen for the fourth consecutive day as Omicron’s epicenter continues to shrink. 

According to data from the National Institute For Communicable Diseases, South Africa’s 15,424 people tested positive within the past 24 hours. This is down by a third of the almost 24,000 confirmed cases last Tuesday.

A fifth fewer people were tested for the first in the last 24 hours compared to the same period last week, but test positivity — the proportion of those tested who are infected — has been trending downwards for eight days.

But hospitalisations and deaths – which lag two to three weeks behind the pattern seen in case numbers due to the delay in an infected person becoming seriously unwell – have risen.

Over 630 people were admitted to hospital across the nation, an increase of only 5% in one week and the largest daily total since the fourth wave. 

The last record was on Wednesday, when 621 people were admitted to hospital. It was also reported that 35 people were killed, which is a 46% increase over the Tuesday before.

This is despite the fact that only 25% of South Africans have been double-jabbed. Boosters are also not distributed in South Africa. 

This raises the possibility that Omicron waves from the UK will be brief-lived. Britain has a booster program which provides additional protection.  

The Omicron surge is a serious threat to the health of UK citizens. There are uncertainties as to how severe and effective vaccines will protect them.

The good news is that the UK has seen a plateau in cases, with approximately 90,000 infections per day recorded over the last six days.

This is despite the fact that the Government has warned of 1 million Britons being at risk for contracting the virus every day by year’s end.

Boris Johnson today reaffirmed his opposition to Christmas curbs. Omicron does not have enough evidence to justify it. 

The NICD reported that 55,877 South Africans were tested within the last 24 hour and that 15,424 people (27.6%) had tested positive.

Test positivity fell to 26.6 percent, the lowest number in 10 days. This marks the 8th day of declining infection rates.

The new Covid cases remain flat at 90,629 for the FIFTH consecutive day. Expert says that it looks like Omicron is peaking. 

Britain’s daily Covid cases have plateaued for the fifth day in a row as an expert claimed that the Omicron wave may have peaked already.

There were 90,629 infections in the past 24 hours across the UK, up 52 per cent on last Tuesday’s toll but down slightly on the figure yesterday — despite wild projections of up to a million daily infections by New Year,

The cases have not changed since Friday last week when they reached an all-time high of 93,000. 

Omicron has been a popular city in London. But the wave is slowing. Today, there were 20,491 reported cases in London. This is slightly lower than yesterday’s 22,750.

The slowing statistics may be behind Boris Johnson’s decision not to bring in tougher restrictions before Christmas , with the Prime Minister claiming today there was ‘not enough evidence to justify’ them.

Ministers were presented with gloomy government modelling last week. It stated that the mutant variant of the virus was multiplying every other day and infecting as many as 400,000 people daily. 

MailOnline spoke with Professor Paul Hunter from the University of East Anglia. He said that Johnson was right to make the decision, as cases are ‘looking like they’ve peaked. 

He stated that although it’s not all bad news, Omicron seems to have stopped growing. Over the past few days, it seems like Omicron has stopped growing.

Boris Johnson will be relieved if this is indeed the case. It’s just a matter of days, so we need to be cautious.

“And as we get closer to Christmas there’s nervousness that some people might not be able to come forward for testing. This is because they are afraid of getting negative results and losing out on the opportunity to meet their relatives.

Omicron was able to overtake the variants on December 14, so all changes would have to be attributed to Omicron. It would be a doubler if the number was increasing every day. We should have had 200,000 yesterday, and probably more than that today.

“But, the fact that it was around 91,000 makes it seem like it may have reached its peak. It will likely take at most Wednesday before we can get a sense of when the weekend won’t affect it. But, my optimism is higher than it was just a few short days ago. 

Since the outbreak, approximately 3.3 million people have been confirmed positive. However, the actual number will likely be much higher as not all those who contract the virus are tested.

Kwazulu-Natal was the most affected (4,009) followed by Western Cape (3.324) as the virus is spreading from zero Gauteng.

The province, which is home to Johannesburg and is where Omicron was first spotted, recorded the third-most cases (3,316). 

Meanwhile, 633 people were hospitalised in the last day, up 5.7 per cent in a week, bringing the country’s total number of hospitalisations since the pandemic began to 459,844.

Hospital care is currently being provided to 9,023 individuals.

A further 35 Covid deaths have been recorded. That’s an increase of 48% on Tuesday, when there were 24.

Data from China suggests that the virus is now fading about a month following its detection. Scientists in Britain are worried about how the waves will impact their country over the next few weeks.

The UK’s response has been strengthened by its booster campaign. South Africa, however, is still without a third jab and only 23% of the population have been vaccinated.

UK experts warn Britain’s elderly and dense population are more vulnerable to an outbreak of the deadly disease.   

The chief medical officer of England, Professor Chris Whity said last week that he expects to see Omicron’s daily case numbers rise tremendously in the UK, and also to see them ‘come back down faster than other peaks’. This is similar to South Africa’s experience.

Professor Whitty told MPs on the Health and Social Care Committee last week: ‘I think what we will see with this is — and I think we’re seeing it in South Africa — is that the upswing will be very incredibly fast even if people are taking more cautious action. 

He added: ‘It’ll probably therefore peak really quite fast. 

‘My anticipation is it may then come down faster than previous peaks but I wouldn’t want to say that for sure.’

It comes as Britain’s daily Covid cases have plateaued for the fifth day in a row as an expert claimed that the Omicron wave may have peaked already.

There were 90,629 infections in the past 24 hours across the UK, up 52 per cent on last Tuesday’s toll but down slightly on the figure yesterday — despite wild projections of up to a million daily infections by New Year.

The cases have not changed since Friday last week when they reached an all-time high of 93,000. 

Omicron has been a popular city in London. But the wave is slowing. Today, there were 20,491 reported cases in London. This is slightly lower than yesterday’s 22,750.  

MailOnline spoke with Professor Paul Hunter from the University of East Anglia. He said that Johnson was right to make the decision, as cases are ‘looking like they’ve peaked. 

“It is not all doom & gloom. It does seem like Omicron stopped growing. Over the past few days, it seems like Omicron has stopped growing.

Boris Johnson will be relieved if this is indeed the case. It’s just a matter of days, so we need to be cautious.

“And since we are getting closer to Christmas, there is nervousness about people not coming forward to testing. They don’t want the risk of being positive and missing out on family gatherings.

Omicron was able to overtake the variants on December 14, so all changes would have to be attributed to Omicron. If it were still doubled every other day, that would indicate we would have seen 200,000 to 200,000 cases yesterday.

“But, the fact that it was around 91,000 makes it seem like it may have reached its peak. It will likely take at most Wednesday before we can get a sense of when the weekend won’t affect it. My optimism is higher than it was just a few days before. 

The number of tests today was 1.49million, down from 1.56million on Wednesday. But Professor Hunter claimed that the “relatively minor drop” in testing wouldn’t hide a virus that doubles every other day.

Slowly, however, test positivity for the virus is increasing. By December 15, 13 percent of tested samples were positive for it. This compares to 9 percentage points the month prior.

Latest hospital figures show there were 847 Covid admissions across the UK on December 17, up only 7 per cent on the previous week. Today saw an additional 172 Covid death, which was up 14%.