Sustained increase in Covid-19 cases in South Africa

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The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), a division of the National Health Laboratory Service, said on Wednesday that it saw a sharp increase in daily Covid-19 cases, with 5 782 new cases being reported.

NICD acting executive director Prof Adrian Puren said the percentage testing positive each day (the number of positive results out of the total daily tests) has also been steadily increasing. This reached 12.7% on Wednesday nationally.

Four provinces have already entered a third wave of Covid-19 infections – Northern Cape, Free State, North West and most recently Gauteng, said the NICD.

“This means that the seven-day moving average of case incidence has reached 30% of the previous peak in these provinces. We are also seeing sustained increases in case incidence in some districts in other provinces,” said Puren.

 As the pandemic continues into its second year, the NICD said it is easy to become tired of the restrictions on our lives and social interactions, but it is very important for the public to remain vigilant at this time.

Dr Michelle Groome, head of the division of public health surveillance and response at the NICD, said just over one million people have been vaccinated in South Africa.

“Until such time as the majority of the population has been vaccinated, we need to persevere with the current recommendations to limit the spread of the virus,” urged Dr Groome.

People are urged to wear their masks, practice good hand hygiene (through washing and/or sanitising), maintain social distancing and limit social interactions as much as possible.

If you are 60 years and over, please register to get your vaccine or ask someone to help you to register.

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