Officials in Gauteng are hoping for lockdown relief since the rate of Covid-29 infections has declined further in the past week.
Gauteng faced a terrifying battle against the impact of the Delta variant but the latest data suggests that the region has come out on the other side of the “third wave”.
There have been fewer than five new infections per 100 000 people in Gauteng each day, test positivity is almost half of the national average, dropping under 10%. Meanwhile hospitalizations and deaths are still decreasing.
All in all, the picture looks rather rosy for the province that was the first to bear the brunt of the winter resurgence and Gauteng seems to be in a much better position than most of the other provinces.
For now, KwaZulu-Natal remains the virus hot-spot right now accounting for over 30% of cases across South Africa. The Western Cape accounts for 21% of new infections and the Eastern Cape is at 15%.
For now there are no plans for the lockdown level to be lowered and with another “variant of concern” detected in South Africa this week, a cautious approach will be required.
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