Government will need to consider further measures to curb COVID-19 infections: Health Dept

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The Health Department has warned South Africans that government will need to review the current restrictions and consider further measures to slow the alarming rate of coronavirus infections.

In a statement, the Department has warned that the virus continues to spread exponentially and that the rate of infection is much faster than the first wave.

Over 14 000 new daily coronavirus cases have been recorded in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of infections to 954 258 since the start of the pandemic.

South Africa has had 25 657 COVID-19 related deaths since the pandemic outbreak,  with a further 411 people losing their lives since the last report.

Most deaths were recorded in the Western Cape, 171, followed by the Eastern Cape with 101 deaths. KwaZulu-Natal registered 90 deaths; Gauteng 34; Mpumalanga and North West reported 6 each, with Free State 3.

Recoveries now stand at 811 372.

In a statement, the Health Department says all provinces, with the exception of the Eastern Cape, continue to report increases in their cases “with KwaZulu Natal, Western Cape and Gauteng Province registering the largest increases and comprising 81% of the new cases (30%, 28% and 23% respectively).”

COVID-19 spread per province:

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The Department urges citizens to take every precaution necessary as “we celebrate the festive season and look for a reprieve from a tough year.”

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