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South Africa Battles Rapid Rise Of COVID-19 In Johannesburg

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Members of the Economic Freedom Fighters stage a protest march in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday June 25, 2021, demanding that vaccines from China and Russia be included in the country's vaccine rollout program. South Africa's third wave of COVID-19 infections is overwhelming the health system in Gauteng, the country's most populous province that is now running out of beds to treat patients. (AP Photo Let Pretorius)

(AP) — A rapid resurgence of COVID-19 is slamming South Africa’s largest city, Johannesburg, and threatens to overwhelm its hospitals.

Johannesburg, a city of 5 million, and the surrounding Gauteng province account for about 60% of the country’s new daily infections. South Africa’s 7-day rolling average of daily new cases has doubled over the past two weeks from 10 new cases per 100,000 people on June 10 to 22 per 100,000 people on June 24.

South Africa’s rising cases are part of Africa’s devastating resurgence whose peak is expected to exceed that of earlier waves as the continent’s 54 countries struggle to vaccinate even a small percentage of their populations.

 

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