Western Cape sees 42% increase in COVID-19 cases

File: City of Tshwane officials conduct COVID-19 screenings. AFP/Phill Magakoe

JOHANNESBURG - Health Minister Zweli Mkhize is sounding the alarm about rising coronavirus infections.

He's concerned about a 9 percent increase countrywide in the last week.

READ: COVID-19: SA reports 164 deaths, 1,050 new infections

Of particular concern, is the Western Cape.

There, new infections have grown 42 percent in seven days.

READ: Dr Zweli Mkhize tests positive for COVID-19

Mkhize says the spike appears mostly to be linked to a super-spreader event at a bar.

All provinces are urged to watch their numbers and quickly ensure contact tracing and quarantine.

Mkhize says he himself is recovering well from COVID-19 and his wife is home from hospital.


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