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Health Ministry reported, with concern, that 14 046 COVID-19 cases have been identified since the last report at a positivity rate of 26%.
Therefore, the cumulative total of COVID-19 cases is 954 258.
Health minister Zweli Mkhize said this indicates that the spread is much faster than the first wave. “We must warn South Africans that we will need to review the current restrictions and consider further measures to ensure that we curb this alarming rate of spread.”
Minister said all provinces, with the exception of the Eastern Cape, continue to report increases in their cases with KwaZulu Natal, Western Cape and Gauteng Province registering the largest increases and comprising 81% of the new cases (30%, 28% and 23% respectively).
“Therefore, it will be important for us to evaluate the situation in these provinces, identify hotspots in these areas and make recommendations based on these findings and the outcomes of what has been implemented in the hotspots that have been identified so far.” Concluded Mkhize