Unpacking Western Cape's increasing COVID-19 cases

The Western Cape is among three provinces contributing the most to the country's increase in new COVID-19 cases. #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - The Western Cape is among three provinces contributing the most to South Africa's growing number of new COVID-19 cases.

Western Cape Health Department's Chief of Operations, Dr Saadiq Kariem says a large super-spreader event in Cape Town contributed towards this week's numbers.

"It is important to determine at which point in time the data is pulled. That ultimately affects the rate of increase."

"We had a large super-spreader event linked to a local bar in the southern suburbs of Cape Town that event alone yielded thus far, 109 cases unfortunately 57 learners are among those cases as well."

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SA's COVID-19 death toll increased to 18,891.

The Health Department has reported 48 more deaths in the last 24 hours.

Seven of the reported deaths happened in the past 48 hours.

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There have been 1,897 new coronavirus cases in the country, taking the total number of cases, to 712,412.

South Africa's recoveries now stand at 643,523, which translates to a 90% recovery rate.

Watch the full interview with Dr Saadiq Kariem in the video above for more details.


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