- The country has seen a surge in Covid-19 infections, with the NICD reporting a sustained surge over the past seven days.
- The majority of the cases are reported in Gauteng.
- The NICD reported 312 new cases on Monday, bringing the total number of infections to 2,930,174.
Covid-19 infections are increasing in South Africa weeks ahead of an expected fourth wave in December, the country’s national health laboratory service said on Monday.
The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) reported a “sustained” increase over the past seven days, with most cases detected in the most populous province of Gauteng, which also includes Johannesburg and Pretoria.
“We are monitoring these trends to see if these increases continue,” said Adrian Puren, interim managing director of NICD, in a statement.
He said that while local increases were expected, “… it is difficult to say whether the increases indicate the beginning of a widespread resurgence”.
South Africa, which has the largest number of cases in the African continent, has recorded nearly 2.93 million infections, with 687 new cases reported on Sunday, up from about 106 earlier this month and 312 cases on Monday.
Of the total number of cases, at least 89,584 were fatal.
After a rather slow start, vaccination rates have accelerated, with 41 percent of adults in South Africa receiving at least a single dose, while 35 percent are now fully vaccinated.
Pfizer has now filed with the country’s regulators to approve its third dose of “booster” shot.
The South African health products regulator said in a statement on Monday that it received the application last Wednesday and that it would begin “evaluating the safety and efficacy data of the third dose.”
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