The National Institute for Communicable Diseases confirmed that South Africa has officially exited its third wave of coronavirus infections. According to the NICD, the national seven-day moving average of new daily recorded cases, the test positivity rate and the testing rate were all falling, with sustained decreases reported in all provinces.
The coronavirus pandemic has hit SA harder than any other African country, with more than 2.9 million recorded cases and more than 87 000 registered deaths from COVID-19. According to the NICD, SA’s seven-day moving average of new daily recorded cases stood at 2 045 on Sunday, almost a tenth of the peak in early July, while the test positivity rate stood at 5%, down from more than 30% at the peak of the third wave.
Similarly, the daily number of tests had fallen from a peak of more than 75 000 to 19 160. For more, we are joined now via zoom by Dr. Michelle Groome who is The Head of the Division in Public Health Surveillance and Response at the National Institute for Communicable Diseases.
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