South Africa has already enacted overnight repatriation laws, with officials saying the country may have surpassed the fourth wave of Covid-19 infections.
A government statement said Omicron’s exception, although highly contagious, saw lower hospital admissions than previous waves.
The death toll has risen sharply, he added.
This diversity – first reported by South Africa last month – is spreading rapidly in some areas leading to an increase in the margins.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned of a “tsunami” of infections from a variety of Delta and Omicron that could affect health systems.
But in South Africa, a statement issued after a special cabinet meeting said cases and hospitalization rates had dropped in almost every province in the country.
For the week ending December 25, 2021, the number of confirmed cases stood at 89,781 – down from 127,753 last year.
The announced changes include the removal of midnight and 4:00 p.m. Businesses will also be allowed to sell alcohol under the general licensing rules, instead of closing at 23:00.
Rules for late-night returns of various hardships have been in place since the declaration of a state of emergency at the end of March 2020.
The country still has “the capacity to admire patients even in general health services” despite the Omicron wave, officials said.
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The public is still urged to be vaccinated and to adhere to public health policies, including mandatory wearing a mask.
The circles are still reaching 1,000 people indoors and 2,000 XNUMX outdoors or 50% in the area to allow for community distance.
The National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) will monitor the situation and make changes if necessary or if hospital pressure increases, officials said.
South Africa has recorded nearly 3.5 million Covid-19 cases and more than 90,000 deaths during the epidemic.
Many countries around the world are fighting the Omicron wave while measuring the limits:
Israel has approved a fourth vaccine for Covid-19, the director-general of the health ministry said. The country has reported the highest number of cases since September Thursday
France reported more than 200,000 cases on the second day in a row
In India, an increase in Covid epidemics has prompted the government to tighten restrictions, including overnight arrivals in all major cities.
Germany has announced it will introduce stricter travel laws for immigrants from countries heavily attacked by Omicron in early January, including the UK.
Portugal has reduced asymptomatic Covid isolation and communication cases from 10 to 7 days