Nurses  on a ward this week for Covid-19 patients at King’s College Hospital in south east London.  Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

A lower share of people infected with the Omicron coronavirus variant are likely to require hospital treatment compared with cases of the Delta strain(...)

A technician uses a microscope to inspect samples during Covid-19 antibody neutralisation testing in a laboratory at the African Health Research Institute in Durban, South Africa. Photograph: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg

The Omicron variant of Covid-19 has led to far less hospital admissions and severe illness among people infected with the virus in South Africa to dat(...)

A healthcare worker at a Covid-19 vaccine clinic in Johannesburg. A South African study has found that the risk of reinfection from the Omicron coronavirus variant is three times higher than for any previous strain.  Photograph: Joao Silva/New York Times

South Africa South Africa’s daily number of confirmed Covid-19 cases almost quadrupled since Tuesday as the Omicron variant spread across the country(...)

A vaccination site at the Parkhurst Recreation Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa. Photograph: Joao Silva/The New York Times

The pace of Covid infections in the South African province of Gauteng is outstripping anything seen in previous waves, and officials say Omicron is no(...)

Vaccinations for Covid-19 are administered at  the Parkhurst Recreation Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Thursday. Photograph: Joao Silva/New York Times

The panicked reaction across much of the world to the Omicron variant comes with a scramble for information. In South Africa, the country where Omicro(...)

 Health workers in the Strandfontein temporary homeless shelter site in Cape Town: President Cyril   Ramaphosa said the pre-lockdown figures represented an average increase in daily Covid-19 cases of 42 per cent. Photograph: Nic Bothma

South Africa’s government is hoping to consolidate the progress it has made in slowing the spread of coronavirus during the recently imposed nationwid(...)

Residents of Madala Men’s Hostel in Alexandra, South Africa cover their noses as they wait to collect sanitiser from health workers on Wednesday. Photograph: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

South Africa’s government has mobilised 10,000 volunteers to roll out coronavirus screening nationwide, as it ramps up efforts to contain the spread o(...)