Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Medical Research Council warns of Covid-19 increase in Western Cape wastewater

The South African Medical Research Council says it is seeing an increase in Covid-19 samples at wastewater treatment plants in parts of the Western Cape.

The SAMRC has been surveilling over 80 wastewater treatment plants to track the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The NICD's latest weekly testing summary shows an increase in the number of people testing positive for Covid-19. The report covering the first week shows the percentage testing positive was 6.7%, an increase from the previous week's 5.5%.

Positive tests were highest in Gauteng (9.2%), followed by Western Cape (7.9%), Free State (7.1%), Limpopo (6.7%), Eastern Cape (5.6%), and North West (5.3%)…..

The Research Council advises people to wear masks in crowded places and to practice social distancing. 

Done by Lizeka Tsotetsi


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