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South Africa sees jump in Covid-19 cases

The country recorded 75 new Covid-19 deaths in 24 hours.
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South Africa sees jump in Covid-19 cases

South Africa has seen an increase in the number of Covid-19 infections over the past 24 hours, with 1,599 cases reported.

As at 14 April 2021 the cumulative number of Covid-19 cases for South Africa was 1 561 559.

75 Covid-19 related deaths were reported: Eastern Cape 14, Free State 9, Gauteng 26, Kwa-Zulu Natal 24, Limpopo 0, Mpumalanga 0, North West 0, Northern Cape 0 and Western Cape 2 which brings the total to 53 498 deaths.

When will the third wave will hit SA?

Just before the Easter weekend the National Institute of Communicable Disease (NICD) warned that mass gatherings and social events over the holidays would likely to cause a surge in Covid-19 cases, which may trigger the third wave.

Last week on Friday Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said that his department did not know when the third wave could hit the country, but maintained it remained a big risk.

Mkhize said that there was no way of telling whether the next wave would be caused by the 501Y.V2 or whether there will be a new variant.

Additionally the Minister said that it was important for South Africans to stick to the basic containment measures such as the use of masks, social distancing, sanitisers, hand washing, avoiding overcrowded and poorly ventilated spaces as the country heads into the winter season.

 

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