In South Africa, excess mortality has almost doubled over the week compared to the previous week. About it informs Bloomberg. This happened against the background of the spread of a new strain of the coronavirus “omicron”.
Between 22 and 28 November, 2,076 more people died than expected, according to a report from the South African Medical Research Council. A week earlier, this figure was 1091.
Bloomberg notes that excess mortality is considered a more accurate indicator of the impact of Covid-19 than official mortality. While just over 90,000 people have died from the coronavirus in South Africa, the number of excess deaths since the start of the pandemic is 275,000. In a week, only 174 deaths were officially listed as having died from respiratory diseases.
December 10 the Russian government due to the spread of a new strain «Omikron», completely banned foreigners from entering the Russian Federation from nine African countries and Hong Kong. This removes the pre-existing exceptions. The corresponding order, signed by the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Mikhail Mishustin, published by December 10.
The document amends the order of March 16, 2020, which introduced a temporary restriction on the entry of foreign citizens and stateless persons into the Russian Federation, but also determined the circle of persons who did not fall under these restrictions. Reliefs were in effect, in particular, for holders of diplomatic and service passports, the same visas; crews of air, sea and river vessels, train and locomotive crews.
According to the new document, these exceptions no longer apply when entering from a number of countries. Botswana, Zimbabwe, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, Eswatini, South Africa are listed at the disposal of the government.
On November 26, the World Health Organization (WHO) designated the strain of coronavirus B.1.1.529, found in southern Africa, with the Greek letter omicron. The WHO said in a statement that the species “has a large number of mutations, some of which are of concern.” The global epicenter of the omicron-strain distribution is southern Africa. The largest number of those infected with it was detected in South Africa.
The new strain has already been found in more than 50 countries. It was also detected in two Russian tourists who returned from abroad, told RBC in Rospotrebnadzor. At the same time, not a single death case has yet been recorded among those infected with the omicron strain.