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As the debate rages globally as to whether the emergence of the Omicron variant, which has proved to be less severe than previous strains, means that Covid-19 has now become endemic, the DA-run Western Cape government has joined calls for the state of disaster to end.

“During the fourth wave, we have seen a growing gap or ‘decoupling’ between the high number of cases, and relatively low number of admissions and deaths compared to previous waves,” Western Cape premier Alan Winde said during a news conference on Thursday, echoing a party call from earlier in the week...

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