South Africa

New COVID-19 survey launched to determine extent of infections in Gauteng

JOHANNESBURG - With an increase in new daily COVID-19 cases in South Africa, a survey is focusing on Gauteng to randomly sample different households to determine the extent of infections.

One of the country’s top scientists, Professor Shabir Madhi said they started on Monday by visiting households in the province to determine how widespread the virus is.

Madhi believed the number of daily infections could rise even further in the coming weeks as the festive season kicked off.

“We’ll probably start seeing even a further increase in terms of transmissions. And probably early in the first quarter of next year, we will probably see a significant resurgence. But in all likelihood my estimate is that is the resurgence will probably be less severe than what we experienced this time of round,” he said.

The Department of Health on Thursday recorded 2,056 COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of known cases in the country since the outbreak began to 721, 770.

According to the department, 53 more coronavirus deaths were recorded, pushing the country’s death toll to 19,164.

The recovery rate is holding steady at 90% with 649,935 people having recuperated so far.

Download the EWN app to your iOS or Android device.

Football news:

Klopp on 0:2 from Atalanta: Liverpool deserved to lose, and to admit it is not a problem
Loko still has a chance of making the playoffs. Dragged away a draw from Madrid thanks to VAR
Bayern won their 16th consecutive European Cup match and repeated Atletico's record
Atalanta scored 2 goals for Liverpool in 4 minutes. The Reds missed out for the first time in this Champions League
Mike Tyson: Maradona was my hero and friend. We were compared. I will miss him
Lewandowski scored his 71st goal in the Champions League and shares third place with Raul. Ahead-Ronaldo and Messi
Vidal was removed for arguing with the referee in the game with Real Madrid. He received two yellow cards in a minute