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South African Covid-19 Cases Rise 17%, Positivity Rate Climbs

The number of confirmed Covid-19 infections rose 17% in South Africa over the past week and the positivity rate of tests administered is climbing, the Department of Health said.

The country reported a rate of 35.4 new cases per 100 000 people over the seven days to May 25, the department said in a statement. Of tests administered, 11% were positive, an increase from a level a week earlier that wasn’t disclosed.

The hospitalisation rate rose 11.9% over the week, while the death rate climbed by 29.3%, the department said. Just over 3 000 new infections were reported in the 24 hours until Tuesday.

South Africa has the highest number of confirmed Covid-19 cases and deaths in Africa, with more than 1.64 million people infected and almost 56 000 dead. The country, which has a population of about 60 million, has vaccinated 700 000 people. –