CAPE TOWN – Professor Salim Abdool Karim says the increase of Covid-19 cases in the country are not yet alarming. However, more emphasis should be put on protection and prevention in order to bring that trend back to normal.
According to Prof Karim, co-director of the Covid ministerial advisory council, there are three provinces that are contributing to the overall increase of national cases. The Free State, the Western Cape and the Northern Cape.
“The Western Cape is showing the fastest increase in the number of cases. This means we have to be particularly vigilant, we have to re-emphasize the need for protection and prevention in three provinces. While there has been an increase of cases, there is no clear increase in the number of admission cases at hospitals,” Prof Karim told ENCA.
According to the Department of Health, as of Thursday, 2,156 new infections were picked up pushing the number of known cases in the country since the start of the outbreak to 710,515.
“The Department of Health has recorded 102 more Covid-19 related deaths, bringing the country’s death toll to 18,843. On the recovery front- 642,560 people had so far recuperated with the recovery rate holding steady at 90 percent,” said Health Minister Zweli Mkhize.
While there has been a nine percent increase of Covid-19 infections across SA. Earlier this week Mkhize said more than 40 percent of the increase was in the Western Cape.
A number that the province disputes, it says their increases over a seven-day rolling average are just over 13.6-percent.
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