COVID-19: Delta variant now dominant in South Africa’s commercial hub ─Regulator

*Gauteng is currently bearing the brunt of South Africa’s third wave of infections with about two-thirds of daily confirmed cases coming from the province

Alexander Davis│ConsumerConnect

As the third wave of the damaging novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic hits furher the Southern African country, the Delta variant said to be a highly transmissible mutation of the COVID-19 first identified in India, has become dominant in the commercially important Gauteng province of South Africa June 2021.

ConsumerConnect reports the country’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), which disclosed this in a statement Tuesday, June 29 said the samples analysed indicated that 53 percent of the Coronavirus infections in June in Gauteng, where Johannesburg is located, were due to the Delta variant.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa

Likewise, the NICD said that 37 percent were due to the Beta variant, which was first identified in South Africa.

According to the health body, in May, 64 percent of Gauteng’s cases were due to the Beta variant.

Nationally, in June this year, 45 percent of samples were of the Delta variant and 39 percent of the Beta mutation.

It is noted that Gauteng is currently bearing the brunt of South Africa’s third wave of infections with about two-thirds of daily confirmed cases coming from the province.

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