South Africa is likely to see 10,000 new COVID-19 cases daily by the end of the week.
That is according to epidemiologist Professor Salim Abdool Karim.
He says higher transmissibility of the Omicron variant is likely to put pressure on hospitals.
Meanwhile, Health Minister Joe Phaahla is urging South Africans to not panic over the new variant.
Phaahla says the decision by some countries to impose travel restrictions on South Africa is unjustified.
The Omicron variant has been detected in the United Kingdom, Germany, and Italy among other countries.
Authorities say while it is unclear whether vaccines protect against the new variant, they believe that the vaccine will help in preventing hospitalizations.
In other news – Kaya FM drama: Unathi Nkayi breathes fire as close friend leaks more dirty secrets
Former radio host Unathi Nkayi has allegedly instructed her legal team to sue Gauteng-based radio station Kaya FM and prominent radio presenter Sizwe Dhlomo after she was dismissed from the station a week ago.
In a video statement released on her Instagram page on Friday, Nkayi confirmed that her lawyers were currently dealing with her dismissal from the radio station following a heated verbal altercation with fellow DJ Sizwe Dhlomo. Learn More