Covid-19 update: 4,227 new cases reported in SA

In the past 24 hours, 4,227 new cases of Covid-19 have been identified, announced the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), a division of the National Health Laboratory Service.

This brings the total number of laboratory confirmed cases to 3,935,761. This increase represents a 15.7% rate of positivity.

Most of the new cases today come from Gauteng (31%) followed by Western Cape (22%). KwaZulu-Natal accounted for 16%; The Eastern Cape accounted for 11%; Free State accounted for 6%; Mpumalanga, Northern Cape and North West accounted for 4% each respectively; and Limpopo accounted for 1% of cases today.

The country has also recorded 50 deaths and of these, 14 occurred in the last 24-48 hours. This brings the total casualties to 101,002 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,” the NICD said.

25,108,084 tests were conducted in both the public and private sectors.

There has been an increase of 139 hospital admissions in the past 24 hours.

The Gauteng Department of Health has achieved its goal of vaccinating more than 10 million people in the province against Covid-19.

This was revealed on Tuesday by Dr. Nomathemba Mokgethi of the MEC sanitary during the presentation of the vote on the budget of her department for the financial year 2022/23 in the provincial legislature.

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Gauteng leads the other provinces in the country in terms of the number of jabs administered at 10,005,136, followed by KwaZulu-Natal with over five million vaccinations. Nationwide, nearly 50% of the population has been vaccinated.

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Despite the province’s milestone, Mokgethi said his department plans to ramp up its vaccination schedule amid fears of a fifth wave of infections this winter.

He said a total of R1.5 billion was earmarked for the fight against the pandemic.

“I must hurry to say that there are even more people who need to receive the jab to protect themselves and those around them.

“Therefore, we want to remind everyone once again that Covid-19 is still among us and that vaccination, along with compliance with safety measures, remains the best form of protection as we accelerate efforts to restore the means of subsistence, “said Mokgethi.

Additional reporting by Thapelo Lekabe