Africa’s daily count of new coronavirus cases has soared to unprecedented levels, as the more contagious Delta variant drives an aggressive third wave of infections through a population largely unprotected by vaccines.

The continent’s daily tally of new cases has increased for seven weeks in a row, surging more than 20% in the past week alone to reach 46,528 by July 9, according to our World in Data. Almost half these cases have been recorded in SA, which has seen hospitals in Gauteng breach capacity and weekly excess deaths from natural causes in the province reach their highest levels since the pandemic began...

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