Covid-19 update: 3,801 new cases reported in SA

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), a division of the National Health Laboratory Service, has reported 3,801 new cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours.

This brings the total number of laboratory confirmed cases to 3,944,845. This increase represents a 14.9% positivity rate.

Most of the new cases today come from Gauteng (34%) followed by Western Cape (24%). KwaZulu-Natal accounted for 15%; CE accounted for 10%; Free State accounted for 6%; Northern Cape accounted for 4%; Mpumalanga and North West accounted for 3% each respectively; and Limpopo accounted for 1% of cases today.

The country also reported 49 deaths and of these, 16 occurred in the past 24-48 hours. This brings total casualties to 101,092 to date.

“Due to the ongoing audit exercise by the National Department of Health (NDoH), there may be a backlog of reported Covid-19 mortality cases,” NICD said.

25,164,138 tests were conducted in both the public and private sectors.

In the last 24 hours, hospital admissions have increased by 112.

WHO countries seek better protection for the next pandemic

Countries gathering at the World Health Organization this week are discussing how to prepare for future pandemics, amid warnings that the planet is fully open to the next crisis.

WHO director of emergencies, Michael Ryan, said Wednesday that infectious diseases have been amplified by weak public health services and poorly managed urban settings.

Citing monkeypox outbreaks in non-endemic locations, he told countries that the spread of the virus was “directly related to our inability, or reluctance, to manage those risks early in their outbreak generation cycle.”

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The Covid-19 crisis exposed major shortcomings in the global health system, and countries agreed last year that numerous changes were needed to better prepare the world for future threats.

At this week’s World Health Assembly of 194 member states – the decision-making body of WHO – countries want some progress in filling the gaps in alertness and readiness that helped Covid-19 spread around the world , killing millions and destroying economies.

Ryan also warned about security holes.

Covid-19 tests have dropped dramatically in many countries in recent months, meaning the virus could spread and mutate under the radar.

“We need data. We are going blind to the future of this pandemic and we are going blind to the emergence of others, “said Ryan.

Further reporting by the AFP