FS Covid-19 remains lower despite festive travel

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The Free State makes up 5.5% of Covid-19 infection in the country despite the province being a travel hub during the festive season due to its centralised position. According to the Department of Health, by 8 January 2021, there had been 65 516 cases of the virus reported in the province since the pandemic began.

This is despite the fact that rate of the virus continues to rise as the country experiences its second wave of infections. There have been almost 1.2 million infections in the country since the department began recording the number of Covid-19 cases early last year. On Friday 21 980 new infections were added to the count making it the third day in a row that more than 20 000 cases have been confirmed.

Gauteng makes up about 27% of reported Covid-19 positive cases while the Eastern Cape and Western Cape make up 15% and 19.7% respectively. There have also been a total of 32 425 deaths reported in the country so far with the Free State making up 2 265 of these.

Nomaqhawe Mtebele

Nomaqhawe@mahareng.co.za