NICD says difficult to predict second COVID-19 wave

File: South Africa has reported 160 new deaths in the last 24-hours. AFP/Marco Longari

JOHANNESBURG - The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) said South Africa's infections are on a downward spiral.

It said there are no signs there will be a surge due to the easing of lockdown regulations.

READ: COVID-19 death toll surpasses 13,000

South Africa has the fifth-highest number of COVID-19 cases in the world and has reported thousands of cases daily, since May.

The institute also said it's difficult to predict if there will be a second wave.

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It said South Africa's COVID-19 'R-Naught' number is down to 1.1.

The R-naught number refers to the average number of people who will contract the virus from an infected person.

In March, three people were at risk for every case, this moved to five by the end of April.

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