The National Institute of Infectious Diseases of South Africa on Wednesday reported 10,017 new cases of Covid-19, on the first day since January the institute reported more than 10,000 new infections.

Health authorities to have warned that South Africa could enter the fifth wave of infections caused by sub-options BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron. South Africa recorded the highest number of cases and deaths from coronavirus on the African continent and only in January came out of the fourth wave.

Experts have predicted that the fifth wave could begin in the winter months in the southern hemisphere, sometime in May or June.

Just under 50% of South Africa’s adult population, which is about 40 million people, have received at least one dose of the Covid vaccine, with 45% of adults fully vaccinated.

Vaccination rates have slowed in recent months, and officials warn that vaccinations could be rejected.

Initially, the vaccination campaign was accompanied by difficulties in securing early deliveries, but later – fluctuations.

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