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

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The Delta variant continues to be the driving force behind a third wave – with rising prevalence in at least four provinces.

FILE: A patient infected with COVID-19 at Tembisa Hospital in Gauteng on March 2, 2021. Photo: Guillem Sartorio / AFP

CAPE TOWN – The COVID-19 infection rate is not declining, with more than 22,400 new cases taking South Africa’s active workload to over 209,000.

More than 63,000 people have succumbed to the virus.

ANALYSIS: Peak in COVID-19 cases points to gaps in SA .’s response

The Delta variant continues to be the driving force behind a third wave – with rising prevalence in at least four provinces.

Gauteng remains the epicenter, with 52% of new infections in the country. In the most recent reporting cycle, Gauteng reported 11,680 new cases, bringing the province’s total number of recorded cases to 752,854.

Due to the highly transmissible Delta variant, infections have also accelerated in the Western Cape (3,215 new cases), Limpopo (1,651 new cases), Mpumalanga (1,225 new cases) and KwaZulu-Natal (1,694 new cases).

Almost eight weeks after the mass vaccination campaign, 4.2 million doses have been administered.

More than 1.3 million residents are currently fully vaccinated.

Immunization rates are expected to rise, with more vaccine sites opening and more age groups eligible.

The GGD aims to administer 250,000 vaccinations per day by the end of next week.

From July 15, 35 to 49-year-olds can also register for vaccination, the rollout is planned for next month.

‘WARRIOR LOCKDOWN?’

South Africans are waiting for an indication from the government this weekend whether the level 4 lockdown rules will be tightened.

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Level 4 regulations for nearly two weeks and said they would be reassessed in 14 days.

Sunday will mark two weeks since the last speech on lockdown measures designed to contain the spread of the virus, and the president is expected to address the nation again soon.

The National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) will also meet on Sunday to review developments in the fight against the pandemic.

The council meeting is followed by meetings of the coordinating council and the office of the president.

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