Active COVID cases continue to climb as SA rides out 3rd wave

Gauteng accounts for most cases of COVID in the country with 8,403 new cases recoded in the last 24-hour cycle.

A healthcare worker at the Nasrec Field Hospital in Johannesburg. Picture: Abigail Javier/Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG - Active cases of COVID-19 continue to climb as South Africa rides out the third wave of the crippling Coronavirus pandemic.

The National Institute of Communicable Diseases recorded 4,759 more active cases since Friday night.

This means the country is currently dealing with 110,725 cases of COVID-19 - the eleventh consecutive day that that figure has increased.

Gauteng accounts for most cases of COVID in the country with 8,403 new cases recoded in the last 24-hour cycle, pushing the overall number in the province to over 545,000.

It's followed by the Western Cape with 1,541 new infections recorded in the province in the same 24-hour cycle.

More than 8,600 people have recovered from COVID-19 this weekend, according to the Department of Health.

Since Friday, over 700 more people suffering from COVID have been hospitalised.

Over 2, 137,000 vaccines have been administered across the country among healthcare workers and people aged 60 and older.

Meanwhile, The South African National Defence Force said several processes had to be followed before its members could be deployed to Gauteng to help curb COVID-19 infections.

Acting health minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane announced on Friday that members of the military's health service had been requested to ease the burden on health practitioners as COVID-19 surges in the province.

Kubayi-Ngubane said the additional capacity would assist overburdened hospitals and testing centres, but SANDF spokesperson Mafi Mgobhozi said military health personnel would not be available immediately to help enforce regulations.

“The (SANDF) will only be deployed once all the processes have been followed and completed.”

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