South Africa’s COVID-19 infections rose 13,246 on Wednesday, the highest daily total in five months, the government said.
The figure is almost double the weekly average of the last seven days and compares with 8,436 cases recorded the day before.
“These concerning figures represent the highest number of daily cases and positivity rate recorded since January 2021,” the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) said in a statement.
President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday extended a night curfew and limited alcohol sales to try to contain a third wave of infections.
The country, the hardest hit by the pandemic on the continent, has seen double numbers of new cases double in the past two weeks, while hospital admissions have risen nearly 60% over the same period.
The peak comes when South Africa struggles to deploy its inoculation program.
The new infections bring the total number of cases to 1,774,312, including 58,118 deaths.
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