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21,610 new cases of COVID-19 registered as delta variant dominates

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According to the health department, 21,610 new cases have been identified, bringing the total number of confirmed cases since the virus reached the country to 2,179,297.

FILE: A healthcare professional wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) monitors a patient in a tent dedicated to treating possible COVID-19 coronavirus patients at Tshwane District Hospital in Pretoria on July 10, 2020. Photo: AFP

JOHANNESBURG – As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, the latest 24-hour reported caseload indicates South Africa is still in trouble.

According to the health department, 21,610 new cases have been identified, bringing the total number of confirmed cases since the virus reached the country to 2,179,297.

Another 265 people have died from the disease, bringing the total number of fatalities to 64,138.

The delta variant continues to drive the third wave, with increasing prevalence in at least four provinces.

Gauteng remains the epicenter as it accounts for 50% of new cases, with the Western Cape accounting for 11% while Limpopo accounts for 10%.

READ: Gauteng is now responsible for more than half of SA’s COVID-19 cases

Nearly eight weeks after the mass vaccination campaign, 4.2 million doses have been administered and more than 1.3 million residents have been fully vaccinated.

The number of inoculations is expected to increase as more vaccine sites open and more age groups become eligible.

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