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The Delta variant is spreading in the Western Cape, an expert says.
The Delta variant is spreading in the Western Cape, an expert says.
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More than 50% of the Western Cape's Covid-19 positive tests are of the Delta variant, genome sequencing suggests.

Cases containing the Delta variant were initially concentrated in the private sector. These had now spread to the public sector, said Professor Mary-Ann Davies, a public health specialist from the Western Cape health department, during a digital briefing on Thursday.

Acting Minister of Health, Mmamoloko Kubayi, on Saturday announced that the Delta variant, which was first identified in India, had started to spread rapidly and was beginning to dominate new infections. 

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