WHO raises concern over spike in COVID-19 cases in SA

The World Health Organization has raised concerns around the growing number of COVID-19 cases in South Africa. Nearly 9,000 new cases have been reported in the last 24 hours, with a positivity rate of over 23 percent. The WHO is urging more South Africans to get vaccinated. Dr Owen Kaluwa, the WHO's representative in South Africa, discusses further. #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - The World Health Organization has raised concerns about the growing number of COVID-19 cases in South Africa.

Nearly 8,400 new infections were reported in the past 24 hours, with a positivity rate of over 22.5 percent.

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The WHO is urging more South Africans to get vaccinated.

Dr Owen Kaluwa, the WHO's representative in South Africa, said: "At the moment, I wouldn't say there is a stage where now they should be bringing back restrictions.

"What is important now is to ensure that we get people vaccinated particularly those people who are older and with co-morbidities but yes fewer hospitalisations and fewer number of people dying but it is possible as the number increases we can see increases in hospitalisations, so we have the time to get protected."

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