Omicron not as deadly as previous variants: expert

Markets appear confident that the Omicron variant is not as bad as initially feared. AFP/Justin Tallis

JOHANNESBURG - Professor Tulio de Oliveira from UKZN's Krisp institute says the omicron variant is much milder when it comes to deaths and hospitalisation.

The COVID-19 infection rate has been on a steady decline in the country.

READ: COVID-19 in SA: 5,920 new cases recorded

On Thursday, 5,920 new infections were recorded, with the positivity rate standing at 14.3-percent.

Meanwhile, some experts believe South Africa may be ready to transition from treating COVID-19 as a pandemic to endemic disease.

But the Health Department is still debating this.


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