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Covid Positivity Rate Jumps to Four-Month High in South Africa

  • Positivity rate climbed to 25.9%, according to the NICD
  • Country still a long way off previous Covid-19 records
A technician processes PCR tests in Amandelbult, South Africa.

A technician processes PCR tests in Amandelbult, South Africa.

Photographer: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg
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South Africa’s daily coronavirus test positivity rate rose to its highest level since Jan. 1 on Thursday as the continent’s most-industrialized nation heads into a fifth wave of infections.

There were 9,757 new Covid-19 cases identified, representing a 25.9% positivity rate of those tested, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases said in a statement on its website.