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Surge in positive COVID-19 tests – SABC News

Epidemiologist Professor Refilwe Phaswana-Mafunya says South Africa may have already entered the fifth wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. New NICD data show that the cOronavirus test positivity rate exceeded the 30 percent mark for the first time in several months.

Gauteng, followed by KwaZulu Natal and the Western Cape account for more than 82% of the 8,524 new infections. However, the number of deaths remains low, with five people dying from COVID-19 in the last 24-48 hour reporting period. The BA4 and BA5 subvariants of Omicron are believed to be driving the wave of new infections and still appear to cause less severe disease, especially in vaccinated individuals. According to Phaswana-Mafunya, the increase in numbers could also mean that the government should have a strategy for functional testing. “When it comes to numbers, we seem to be in the fifth wave in terms of new cases. The positivity rate has to do with the tests performed and is intended to underscore the fact that this can be a function of a number of factors, for example the efficiency of the tests can lead to a higher positivity rate.”

Surge in positive COVID-19 tests – SABC News

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