South Africa: Covid-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths rise in fifth wave

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In a new report out today, an estimation of the current RO number in South Africa was revealed, along with evidence of increasing numbers of cases, hospitalizations and deaths across the country.

The BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron subvariants are currently responsible for around 60% of genome sequences in South Africa, as we discussed in this post.  South Africa’s Health Minister has recently declared that the fifth Covid wave has begun in his country, as discussed in this post.


The RO number for cases across the country is 1.34, and the RO for hospitalizations is 1.28. In Eastern Cape, the RO number for cases is 1.81.



The percentage of positive tests is increasing dramatically


Hospitalizations in South Africa are also increasing


Covid-19 deaths are also back on an upward trend, in line with hospitalizations:


Cases, hospitalizations, deaths and excess deaths are all currently increasing in South Africa:


Estimating the Effective Reproduction Number of COVID-19 in South Africa




South Africa: BA.4 and BA.5 increasing as a proportion of sequenced cases *1 UPDATE*





** This post was originally published on May 8, 2022 **