Covid-19: Death toll rises as experts warn of virus resurgence in summer

Covid-19: Death toll rises as experts warn of virus resurgence in summer

There have been 126 more Covid-19 related deaths and 1 346 new infections as of Tuesday evening. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize made the announcement, adding that South Africa’s Covid-19 death toll has risen to 16 118. Meanwhile foreign countries have shown a resurgence of infections as people become more mobile. explores the latest updates on the global pandemic.

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South Africa's Covid-19 infections currently sit at 663 282, having risen since the previous update. The country has the eighth most Covid-19 infections in the world, following behind the USA, Brazil, India, Russia. Peru, Columbia and Mexico. explored the latest Covid-19 updates:

1. The death toll has increased

Although Covid-19 related deaths have decreased significantly, they are still being recorded nonetheless. With over 4 million tested, the coronavirus death toll now stands at 16 118. The Western Cape recorded the most deaths thus far with 4138, followed by Gauteng with 4084 and the Eastern Cape with 3084.

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The 126 deaths in the 24 hour period were recorded as follows: : 5 from Eastern Cape 54 from KwaZulu-Natal, 45 from Gauteng, 5 from North West, and 17 from Western Cape.

“We extend our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the healthcare workers that treated the deceased patients," said Zweli Mkhize.

Covid-19: Death toll rises as experts warn of virus resurgence in summer season
Minister Zweli Mkhize has reported an increase in the death toll, albeit at a slower rate. Image: Supplied
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2. Foreign countries show resurgence of Covid-19 infections possible in summer

As the country enters Level 1 of the lockdown, experts have warned that a resurgence of infections is possible. South Africa Medical Research Council president Professor Glenda Gray said community transmissions will continue to take place because there is still no vaccine.

According to Gray, a second wave occurred in Europe because people became more mobile in the summer months. She warned that South Africans may be at the same risk.

IOL reported that the head of the Centre of HIV and STIs at the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), Adrian Puren, said that globally the virus has not been suppressed. Transmission still occurs although it is at a lower level.

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According to Puren, the resurgence is likely in South Africa as we approach the summer season.

“The reasons for these resurgences, spikes, clusters are likely the result of how the risk-adjustment strategies are implemented and how the societies adapt to them.”

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