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South Africa’s New Covid Cases Almost Quadruple in Four Days

  • One-quarter of tests coming back positive as omicron spreads
  • Risk of reinfection from new variant seen three times higher
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What to Know About Omicron
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South Africa’s daily confirmed Covid-19 cases almost quadrupled from Tuesday as the omicron variant spreads across the country, showing how contagious the new strain may be.

The country recorded 16,055 infections in the last 24 hours and the positivity rate accelerated to 24.3% of tests from 16.5% on Tuesday, according to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases.