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Coronavirus cases in South Africa nearly tripled in three days as omicron fears grow

New daily confirmed cases rose to 11,535 Thursday, compared to 8,561 Wednesday and 4,373 the day before, according to official statistics. The cases represent a 22.4% positivity rate of those tested for the virus, up from 16.5% on Wednesday, a massive jump from the 1% positivity rate in early November, the National Institute of Communicable Diseases said. .

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