Johannesburg GPs overwhelmed by surge in omicron Covid infections – .

Johannesburg GPs overwhelmed by surge in omicron Covid infections – .

The new variant, named omicron last week, was first discovered in Botswana, but cases have now been detected across the world.

Much to the anger of South Africans who say their country is being punished for good science and transparency, the UK, US and EU have all restricted travel from southern Africa over concerns caused by the new variant.

South Africa’s demographics are different from that of the UK. Only about six percent of the population is over 65, which means older people who are more vulnerable to the virus may take some time to show severe symptoms.

Africa’s most industrialized country has been hit harder by the pandemic than any other country on the continent. The country of 60 million people has recorded just under 90,000 deaths from Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic.

However, the excess deaths – the above average number of deaths compared to pre-pandemic years – would be much higher. The South African Medical Research Council says there have been more than 270,000 additional deaths in the country, nearly double the UK figure.

About 14.3 million people – or 35% of adults – in South Africa are now fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

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