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The World Health Organisation (WHO) says the number of COVID-19-related deaths in Africa has increased by more than 30% in the past week.

New infections rose by more than 52% as the third wave makes its wave across the continent including South Africa.

WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus says he expects things to worsen due to the continued lack of COVID-19 vaccine supply to Africa and other low income regions.

So far South Africa remains the leading country with higher infections in the continent, recording 10 510 new coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, representing a positivity rate of 20.5% and bringing the country’s total cases to 1 796 589. Gauteng accounts for most of the cases provincially, having recorded a total of 536 848 cases.

More South Africans have also succumbed to the disease with 118 more fatalities recorded, bringing the country’s total death toll to 58 441.

The Western Cape province accounts for most of the COVID-19-related deaths, having recorded 12 027 fatalities so far.

The country has conducted 12 044 072 tests to date, with 51 301 tests conducted in the last 24-hour cycle.

Recoveries stand at 1 632 182, translating to a recovery rate of 90.8%.

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