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South Africa records highest spike in COVID-19 cases since January

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South Africa has reportedly recorded the highest spike in COVID-19 cases since January, as the NICD noted that most of the cases have been recorded in Gauteng.

South Africa reported its highest spike in COVID-19 infections on Wednesday, 9 June 2021. The number of infections has increased to 8 881. The last time the country recorded an alarming rate of infections was on Saturday, 23 January 2021, when infections climbed to 12 271.

According to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), most of the new cases have been reported from Gauteng, which accounts for 58 percent, followed by the Western Cape with a percentage of nine. The positivity rate now stands at 16.5 percent, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 17 127 550.

According to the NICD, “The increasing number of tests, cases and increased positivity rates are all evident of the predicted third surge in COVID-19 cases. Hospital admissions have increased to 1 150, with the highest reported in Gauteng.” The Public Health Institute also reported 135 more in-hospital deaths.

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