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Big increase in Covid-19 hospitalizations as new lockdown looms for SA

According to data published by the Department of Health, there has been a 17% increase in hospitalizations compared to the seven days prior.

Big increase in Covid-19 hospitalizations as new lockdown looms for SA

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South Africa has reported a steep increase in Covid-19 related hospitalizations on Tuesday (25 May), another sign that the country is entering a third wave of infections.

Department of Health

According to data published by the Department of Health, there has been a 17% increase in hospitalizations compared to the seven days prior.

The country’s new test positivity rate also shows a steady increase compared to seven days prior, with all nine provinces showing significant increases.

The highest case incidence per 100,000 population over the past week was reported in the Northern Cape at 226,9. This is followed by:

Free State – 101.2

Gauteng – 58.4

North West – 52.7

Mpumalanga – 24.4

Western Cape – 22.8

A total of 3,084 new cases have been reported, taking the total reported to 1,640,932 with recoveries climbing to 1,543,951 and deaths reaching 55 976.

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