The omicron-fueled surge of coronavirus cases in the United States continues unabated. The daily average is now more than 405,000 cases, and hospitalization rates are up 35% in just two weeks.
But across the world in South Africa, the opposite is happening. A month after omicron was first identified, cases have dropped by more than a third with many restrictions lifted, including travel and curfews.
So why are the cases dropping there and can we expect the same in the U.S.?
Here & Now's Scott Tong talks to Mia Malan, editor-in-chief at South Africa's Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism.
This segment aired on January 3, 2022.