Covid-19 update: SA reports 5,284 new cases and 41 deaths

South Africa has identified 5,284 new cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), a division of the National Health Laboratory Service, said Wednesday.

This brings the total number of laboratory confirmed cases to 3,941,045. This increase represents a 17.3% positivity rate.

Most of the new cases of Covid-19 today come from Gauteng (32%) followed by Western Cape (28%). KwaZulu-Natal accounted for 13%; The Eastern Cape accounted for 9%; Free State accounted for 6%; The Northwest accounted for 4%; Mpumalanga and Northern Cape each accounted for 3%; and Limpopo accounted for 2% of cases today.

The country reported 41 deaths and of these, 6 occurred in the past 24-48 hours. This brings the total casualties to 101,043 to date.

In the last 24 hours, hospital admissions have increased by 113.

25,138,638 tests were conducted in both the public and private sectors.

US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer on Wednesday said it will sell its patented nonprofit drugs to the poorest countries in the world, as part of a new initiative announced at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

“The time has come to start bridging this gap” between people who have access to the latest care and those who do not, said managing director Albert Bourla at a press conference at the exclusive gathering of Swiss mountain resorts. .

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“A deal for a healthier world” focuses on five areas: infectious diseases, cancer, inflammation, rare diseases and women’s health, where Pfizer currently holds 23 patents, including the likes of Comirnaty and Paxlovid, its Covid vaccine. and oral treatment.

“This transformational effort will increase access to Pfizer patented medicines and vaccines available in the United States and the European Union to nearly 1.2 billion people,” Angela Hwang, president of Pfizer Biopharmaceuticals group, told AFP.

Further reporting by the AFP