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S.Africa’s Omicron-linked COVID-19 wave hits record near 22,400 new cases – Metro US

S.Africa’s Omicron-linked COVID-19 wave hits record near 22,400 new cases

A healthcare worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer coronavirus
A healthcare worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine, amidst the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 variant Omicron, in Johannesburg

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s fourth COVID-19 wave linked to the Omicron coronavirus variant produced a record 22,391 new cases, but only 22 deaths, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases said in its daily update on Thursday.

The new cases brought the total laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began in South Africa to 3,093,452, and the total deaths over the same period to 90,060.

(Reporting by Tim Cocks; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

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