Infections with the Omicron variant of Covid in the Western Cape, which is now well into the fourth wave of the Covid pandemic, are spreading extremely rapidly with the reproduction rate at an all-time high, according to the province’s health authorities.

The reproduction rate — the speed with which infections are reproduced — is 2.5, meaning that every 10 active cases of Covid produce another 25 cases, provincial head of health Keith Cloete said during a weekly virtual update on the pandemic hosted by premier Alan Winde...

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