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INFOGRAPHICS | First phase of SA’s Covid-19 epidemic is over - but data shows ‘slow burn’ in places

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A health worker sanitises his hands between taking swab samples at a collection booth at a hospital in New Delhi.
A health worker sanitises his hands between taking swab samples at a collection booth at a hospital in New Delhi.
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For the past three weeks the number of weekly deaths from natural causes in South Africa first returned to, and then stabilised, at predicted levels, after reaching significant levels at the peak of the country’s pandemic in July.

According to researchers this is a significant development, signalling the end of the "first wave" of the Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa, while the data shows that a "slow burn" pandemic is still playing out in the Free State and the Northern Cape.

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