Across the country, the occupancy of intensive care units is near maximum capacity.
Austria to fine over £ 6,000 to unvaccinated
In Austria, details emerged on Tuesday of plans for the unvaccinated to face fines of up to € 7,200 (£ 6,127) from February.
Austria was the first country in Europe to announce that it would make vaccination compulsory.
Under the bill leaked to Die Presse newspaper, all Austrians over the age of 12 will need to be vaccinated, unless they have health reasons or are pregnant.
‘Staggering’ rise in infections sweeps across South Africa
Meanwhile, South African doctors have said they are experiencing a spate of Covid-19 cases linked to the omicron variant.
“We are in the snow. It blew up around here, ”Dr Sharony Cohen, who runs a private practice in the affluent suburb of Parktown North in Johannesburg, told The Telegraph.
“It’s very early, we’ll have to wait and see in a week or two. It seems to be very, very contagious, we are inundated with patients.
“We don’t know what’s going on in the future, so it’s just so stressful, just the numbers. “
Hatzollah, a private ambulance service run by members of the city’s Jewish community, has kept meticulous records of Covid-19 infections since the start of the pandemic.
He reports a “staggering” outbreak of infections over the past two and a half weeks: from receiving no calls about Covid-19 to over 60 a day.
Based on the current rate of increase, the omicron wave would soon eclipse South Africa’s summer delta variant wave in number of infections, a health worker in Hatzollah said.