Rorisang Kgosana
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25 Nov 2020
5:45 am

Higher percentage of people ‘getting infected than at virus peak in July’

Rorisang Kgosana

Wits University School of Governance Professor Alex van den Heever believes a large portion of the high positivity rate could be in the Eastern Cape.

A man, a resident of the sprawling township of Alexandra in Johannesburg, opens his mouth to receive a testing swab for COVID-19 coronavirus at a screening and testing drive in front of the Madala Hostel, on April 27, 2020. (Photo by MARCO LONGARI / AFP)

According to the latest Covid-19 test results, 14 out of 100 tested patients came back positive, a figure significantly higher than when the country had reached its peak in July, said experts. As of Tuesday afternoon, the country stood at 769 759 cumulative confirmed cases, with 2 080 new infections recorded out of the 14 377 new tests. This meant a 14% positive rate, a figure which Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said was of concern. Experts say a below 10% positivity rate was more ideal but the increase appeared to have been due to the country moving to Level 1...