Government 'concerned' by rising COVID-19 cases

The COVID-19 infections have climbed for a second day in a row. More than 14,700 new cases have been recorded in the past 24 hours and there have been 384 more deaths. Shahan Ramkissoon spoke to Professor Koleka Mlisana, the COVID-19 Ministerial Advisory Committee Co-Chairperson. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - COVID-19 infections have climbed for a second day in a row.

More than 14,700 new cases and 384 more deaths were recorded on Wednesday.

Government's COVID-19 Ministerial Advisory Committee says this is concerning, especially because numbers normally start stabilising mid-week after weekend testing delays.

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"All other provinces [besides Gauteng and Limpopo] are still on the increase, which therefore means they have not reached the peak," said Prof Koleka Mlisana, the COVID-19 Ministerial Advisory Committee Co-Chairperson.

"For instance, looking at the Western Cape we had thought that they had reached the peak, but we are seeing the numbers go up again. What we have seen, especially in the Northern Cape where the epidemic has been behaving in an unusual manner... when you look closely, we are realising that apart from the fact that we are seeing differences between provinces, there are also differences between districts in the province.

"Specifically, in the Northern Cape, the districts that are responsible for high numbers had not really gotten onto the third wave. So it looks like there are differences in how this wave is coming and how the infections are occurring. It says to us we are not over the third wave yet and we still need to continue to be vigilant."

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eNCA

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