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Concerns in South Africa as daily cases cross 2000 since February

There are growing concerns in South Africa of another COVID-19 wave after the country crossed 2000 COVID cases a day since February 18.

South Africa on Thursday evening confirmed that they had gotten 2,150 new COVID cases, with a positivity rate of 6.6 %. It was the second day running that they were reporting over 2000 cases. On Wednesday, the country’s health Ministry confirmed 2,073 new cases.

The new figures pushed South Africa’s COVID-19 cases to 1,590,370 cases, while deaths rose by 63 to 54,620.

No time to relax 

The rise in cases comes less than a week after WHO Africa warned that several countries faced a high to moderate risk of a surge in COVID cases. While still not facing a surge, Dr Moeti said that the continent needed to be on the lookout.

In his Thursday update, South Africa’s Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize, said that Free State, North West and Northern Cape were provinces of concern. He called on all South Africans to continue wearing masks, sanitizing and keeping social distance.

“This reinforces the message, which is that we can all play our part to ensure the rise in infections does not turn into a third wave,” Mkhize said, “Therefore, every citizen must follow the non-pharmaceutical interventions if we are to avoid further restrictions.”

Eyes on the new variants

Mkhize also said that they were keeping tabs on the highly infectious B.1.617 variant from India. However, he stated that there was no need for panic, seeing as they had controlled the B.1.351, which had more mutations than the Indian one.

Kenya is also top in the first countries in Africa to confirm the variant from India, which has been found inmore than five people now. Over 100 contacts, meanwhile, are in quarantine.

According to Dr. Ridhwaan Suliman, a Senior Researcher and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, said the average positivity rate in South Africa for seven days was rising.  The positivity rate for the seven days rose above 6 %, having been at 5 % and below since February.

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