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LOCAL COVID-19 FATALITIES GO UP TO 88, FOLLOWING 17 NEW DEATHS

Written by on January 19, 2021

Local COVID-19 fatalities have gone up to 88, following 17 new deaths as recorded between January 12th and January 15th.

Scientific advisor of the COVID-19 Presidential Task Force Dr Mogomotsi Matshaba shared this in a national update last night.

Matshaba said that the current surge in cases is exacerbated by false negative COVID-19 tests provided by some to meet the required standards at entry points.

He said the COVID 19 test they undertook at the border entry points have revealed that some people who attempt to enter the country, test positive despite coming with negative test results.

He further said this indicates the need to continue conducting COVID-19 tests at border posts.

Dr Matshaba said the surge is attributable to the just ended festive season, as COVID-19 cases infections normally rise after holidays.

He said they have observed the pattern since the President’s day holidays in July 2020 where the number of infections doubled.

The country has recorded a total of 16 604 cases as of January 15th, 14 624 of which are no longer infectious while 1 892 are still active.

Fatalities have gone up to 88