Discovery Health has urged people over the age of 60 or with pre-existing conditions that place them at higher risk of getting ill from Covid-19 to avoid travel to hotspot areas as hospitals in smaller coastal towns may not have the infrastructure to cope with increased demand.

With daily infections rising at the highest rate since the winter peak, Discovery Health, which administers 19 medical schemes covering about 3.5-million people, said there is likely to be a further spike as people travel during the festive period...

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