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Bad news: Omicron spreading faster than Delta. Good news: fewer ...

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Bad news: Omicron spreading faster than Delta. Good news: fewer in hospital

The evidence from the variant’s SA hotspot, Gauteng, suggests it is more transmissible, says government adviser

Antony Sguazzin and Janice Kew

The Omicron coronavirus variant is spreading faster in Gauteng, the epicentre of SA’s latest outbreak, than the Delta strain or any of the earlier mutations, an adviser to the provincial government said. 

This is the “strongest acceleration in community transmission ever seen in South Africa”, Bruce Mellado said in a presentation on Thursday. This is “consistent with dominance of a variant that is more transmissible”, he added.

SA announced the discovery of a new variant, later named Omicron, on November 25, as cases began to spike and the strain spread across the globe. National daily cases almost doubled on Wednesday, days after countries across the world halted flights to and from Southern Africa...

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