South African COVID-19 Cases Reach Record Highs

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases of South Africa has recorded the highest level of COVID-19 positivity rate on Wednesday, indicating that the number of undetected infections may be rising.

Recent tests have shown that 8.6% of those tested confirmed positive for the COVID-19 virus, and a daily increase rate from 6.2% on Tuesday and 4.5% in March.

In November last year, South Africa and Botswana identified the highly infectious omicron variant and suffered a surge of infections, with a daily record high occurring in December.

South Africa has also officially recorded more than 100,000 deaths from the disease, figure experts believed could be three times as high.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday, the country ended its national state of disaster but the Department of Health has warned that the pandemic is not over and citizens should still follow the non-pharmaceutical transitional measures that remained in place, such as mask-wearing in indoor public spaces.

On Monday night, President Cyril Ramaphosa reminded South Africans to participate in the public consultation ahead of the promulgation of the health regulations.

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