WMUR Coronavirus – Newsletter

South Africa is seeing a surge of new COVID-19 cases driven by two omicron sub-variants, according to health experts.

ABC News reports for about three weeks the country has seen increasing cases and somewhat higher hospitalizations, but not increases in severe cases and deaths.

South Africa’s new cases have gone from an average of 300 per day in early April to about 8,000 per day this week. The new surge is from two variations of omicron, BA.4 and BA.5, which appear to be very much like the original strain of omicron that was first identified in South Africa and Botswana late last year and swept around the globe.

The increase in COVID cases is coming as South Africa is entering the Southern Hemisphere’s colder winter months and the country is seeing a rise in cases of flu.

  • There have been more than 82.44 million coronavirus cases in the United States, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally.
  • The U.S. death toll has surpassed 999,575 people, according to Johns Hopkins.

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