South African officials report 'much lower rate' of hospital admissions during Omicron wave

Vaccination site in South Africa.
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In a rare bit of good news to come out of the current Omicron variant-driven COVID-19 wave, South Africa, where the new, highly-transmissible strain was first detected, reported on Friday "a much lower rate of hospital admissions" as well as "signs that the wave of infections might be peaking," Bloomberg reports.

Only 1.7 percent of identified COVID-19 cases were admitted to the hospital in the second week of infections of this fourth wave, versus 19 percent in the second week of the third, Delta variant-driven wave, said South African Health Minister Joe Phaahla at a press conference.

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