On December 9, Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize announced that SA is now in its second wave of Covid-19 infections, with 6,079 new cases reported in the latest 24-hour cycle. He said four provinces - Western Cape, Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng - are key drivers of the new wave. Mkhize said 135 new Covid-19 related deaths were reported on Wednesday, with 104 of them from the Eastern Cape (56) and the Western Cape (48). The others were in the Free State (15), Gauteng (16), and KwaZulu-Natal (seven). This means that 22,574 deaths linked to the virus have now been confirmed. The peak age of new cases was in the 15-19 age group - a group that was “highly mobile” and thus could spread the virus fast.

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