Cases in South Africa have risen above 3 million after a surge of infections driven by the new Omicron variant, APA reports citing The Guardian.
Another 16,055 new cases were reported on Friday, taking the total confirmed infections to 3,004,203.
“This increase represents a 24.3% positivity rate,” the government-run National Institute for Communicable Diseases said in a daily update.
The majority of new cases on Friday, 72%, were detected in the Gauteng province – which has emerged as the epicentre of the new variant, AFP reports. It includes the country’s capital Pretoria and economic hub Johannesburg.