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Covid Rising Rapidly in Two Major S. Africa Cities, Council Says

  • Infections jump in Tshwane, Nelson Mandela Bay municipal areas
  • Wastewater analysis used to determine level of infections
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Wastewater analysis shows that Covid-19 infections are surging in two major metropolitan areas, the South African Medical Research Council said.

The number of virus fragments found in water samples have jumped this month in Tshwane, the municipal area that includes the capital, Pretoria, and in Nelson Mandela Bay, the municipality that governs the coastal city of Gqeberha, the council said in a statement on Friday.