COVID-19 | WATCH | Prof Salim Abdool Karim unpacks Delta variant

The Delta variant of the coronavirus is driving Gauteng's third wave, and other provinces are bracing for this highly transmissible mutation as well. Professor Salim Abdool Karim, head of Caprisa, discusses this with Sally Burdett. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - The Delta variant of COVID-19 has left a trail of destruction across the world and is responsible for Gauteng's rampant third wave of infections.

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Caprisa Director, Professor Salim Abdool Karim, details what the Delta variant is, and why it is so contagious.

A total of 12,222 new COVID-19 infections were reported in the last 24 hours.

Gauteng accounts for just over 8,400 of them.

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The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) said 138 more COVID-19 related deaths have also been recorded.

A total of 43,155 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours.


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