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10 000 New Cases Recorded In SA

Covid-19 cases have spiked in the recent weeks as South Africa has been facing a second wave of infections. Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize is concerned that the country has reached a positivity rate of 21%. 

The last time South Africa recorded an increase of 10 000 cases was in August 2020, with a total of 10 129 infections being recorded on that day. 

Seven provinces have recorded an increase in cases while the Eastern Cape saw a decrease. 

Western Cape (increased from 2 785 to 3 233)
KwaZulu-Natal (increased from 1 152 to 2 743)
Gauteng (increased from 1 278 to 1 795)
North West (increased from 152 to 182)
Limpopo (increased from 59 to 154)
Mpumalanga (increased from 67 to 146)
Free State (increased from 67 to 88)
Northern Cape (increased from 36 to 56)

Eastern Cape (decreased from 1 956 to 1 619)

Mkhize said the Department of Health will continue to monitor the situation to identify if more restrictions should be put in place. 

There have been some legal cases opened against the government for the recent level 1 restrictions. Mkhize said the department of Health stands by the restrictions. 

"As Health, we stand by the recommendations made to the NCCC which are well substantiated by evidence. We have every intention to oppose these applications as the Department, and Government’s mandate to protect the lives and health of our people remains  paramount. We dare not neglect this responsibility by omitting to take the necessary actions to protect the health care system from being overwhelmed and collapsing, as we’ve seen in other countries."

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