According to the latest data from the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) and the SA Centre of Excellence in Epidemiological Modelling and Analysis every person infected with Covid-19 in Gauteng is passing the virus to more than three other people.

The national “R rate” - the number of people one infected person will pass a virus to - reached 2.55,

comparable with the highest rates recorded at the peaks of the first three waves of Covid-19 infections. The R rates based on hospital admissions are much lower - 1.87 in Gauteng and 1.1 nationally.

According to private hospital group Netcare, the symptoms of people infected with the Omicron variant of Covid-19 are far milder than those seen in SA’s first three waves of infections.

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