Only 6% of South Africa’s intensive care beds occupied by COVID-19 patients – WHO official


South Africa, where the Omicron coronavirus variant is driving a fourth wave of COVID-19 infections, has seen a 255% increase in infections in the past seven days, but only 6% of intensive care beds are occupied by COVID-19 patients, WHO Africa official Thierno Balde said on Thursday.

Balde’s comments at a news conference follow early anecdotal accounts by South African doctors and researchers that Omicron is causing mainly mild disease.