South Africa’s president says the country is preparing for more hospital admissions, as the Omicron variant continues to spread to become a fourth wave of infections.

In his weekly newsletter, President Cyril Ramaphosa says the number of daily infections has increased five- fold over the last week. He urges South Africans to get vaccinated, calling it an urgent priority that will also help economic recovery.

Mr Ramaphosa also encourages the use of face masks, social distancing and avoiding crowds to reduce the spread of the virus.


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