5,019 new cases identified in SA in the last 24 hours

South Africa recorded an additional 5,019 COVID-19 infections.

This brings the total number of laboratory confirmed cases to over 3,926,652.

the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) reported 15 COVID deaths in the past 24 hours, but warned that due to an ongoing audit by the Department of Health there may be a backlog in reported cases.

Therefore, the death toll currently stands at 100,931.

The cure rate is 95.9%, which means that over 3,766,603 people have recovered from the virus.

Gauteng has the highest number of active cases, followed by Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Free State, Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, North West, Mpumalanga, and Limpopo.

On the vaccine front, over 35.7 million doses have been administered.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized the use of a booster injection of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children between the ages of 5 and 11.

More than eight million of the 28 million children in that age group in the United States have received two injections of the vaccine and will now benefit from the extra dose at least five months after the second vaccine.

However, the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention has yet to approve the injections before they can be administered.

The US government pushed for eligible Americans to receive boosters in the face of data showing vaccine immunity wanes over time.

FDA Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf said the Omicron variant has seen more children get sick with Covid.

With children between the ages of 12 and 17 receiving the Covid-19 vaccine in South Africa, it may not be long before even those under the age of 12 become eligible in this country.

Last year, Health Minister Joe Phaahla said no Covid-19 vaccines were approved for use in South Africa on children under the age of 12.

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