The health authorities in the South African Republic revealed that 50 new infections were recorded with the new mutant of the Corona virus “Omicron”, during the past 24 hours.
These numbers are only preliminary data as only the tests submitted on the morning of the 26th have been fully processed, and the tests submitted by evening are still being tested, and so far the official medical authorities in South Africa have reported that 77 people have been infected with the Omicron strain.
Within two weeks, the new mutant of the Corona virus “Omicron” led to a rapid increase in new confirmed cases.
The health authorities and scientists in the Republic of South Africa have begun to move amid concern in the country, after the discovery of the new mutation, to combat its rapid spread.
The numbers in the country are still relatively low, with 2,828 new confirmed cases recorded on Friday, but the speed of “Omicron” in infecting young people in South Africa has worried health workers.
“We are seeing a marked change in the demographic information of patients with Covid-19,” Rudo Mativa, head of the intensive care unit at Paragwanath Hospital in Soweto, said in an online press conference.
She explained, “Young people, aged between their twenties and a little late thirties, suffer from moderate to severe illness, and some need intensive care. About 65 percent of them have not been vaccinated and most of the rest have received only one dose.
“I am concerned that public health care facilities will become crowded with the numbers rising,” she said.
She stressed that there is a need to prepare urgently to enable public hospitals to deal with the potentially large influx of patients who need intensive care.
“We know we have a new mutation,” Mativa said. “The worst-case scenario is that it hits us like a delta mutant…so we need a critical care family ready.”
When studying the increase in the number of infected cases, scientists identified a new mutation that diagnostic tests indicate is likely to be responsible for up to 90% of new cases, according to South African health officials.
Early studies suggest it has a reproduction rate of 2, which means that each infected person is likely to pass it on to two other people.