JOHANNESBURG – South Africa’s COVID-19 infection rate rose to 11,350 on Tuesday.
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize announced the latest figures on International Nurses Day.
The Western Cape now accounts for the most COVID-19 infections with an increase of 484 to 6,105. Mkhize said a total of 369,697 tests have been conducted to date with 13,630 tests done in the past 24 hours.
Meanwhile, officials from the World Health Organization (WHO) are urging “extreme vigilance” as countries begin to exit weeks-long lockdowns, warning of the risk of a second wave of infections with a vaccine still a long way off.
In particular, it pointed to early studies showing lower-than-expected antibody levels against the disease within the general population, meaning most people remain susceptible.
– Additional reporting Reuters