SA records 5,096 new cases of Covid-19 and 41 deaths

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), a division of the National Health Laboratory Service, has reported 5,096 new cases of Covid-19 that have been identified in South Africa in the past 24 hours.

This brings the total number of laboratory confirmed cases to 3,899,841. This increase represents a 20.9% positivity rate.

24,927,476 tests were conducted in both the public and private sectors. Most of the new cases today come from Gauteng (36%) followed by KwaZulu-Natal (19%). Western Cape accounted for 18%; Eastern Cape accounted for 11% and Free State accounted for 7%. Mpumalanga, North West and Northern Cape each accounted for 3%, respectively, and Limpopo accounted for 1% of cases today.

The country also reported 41 deaths and of these, 12 occurred in the past 24-48 hours. This brings total casualties to 100,812 to date.

There has been an increase of 195 hospital admissions in the past 24 hours.

School closures during the pandemic slowed children’s learning in many G20 countries and could have a long-term negative impact on GDP in advanced economies, the IMF said Tuesday.

Recent assessments from schoolchildren show that widespread virtual learning during the Covid-19 pandemic led to lower academic levels in India, Germany, the United Kingdom, Brazil and the United States, where many institutions remained closed for more than a year.

“If these learning losses are not addressed, affected students could live a life of depressed earnings,” the Washington-based crisis lender said in a report.

IMF economists noted that current students will make up nearly 40 percent of the working-age population in the G20 economies for decades to come.

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“While much is still unknown, our simulations show that once all these students are in the job market, gross domestic product for the G20 advanced economies could be up to three percent lower in the long run,” he warns. the report.

The poorest families suffered the worst learning losses and their prospects were “particularly diminished, further increasing income inequality,” the IMF said.

If the learning loss from the pandemic is not addressed, it could result in an income loss of 1.5-10% for residents of G20 nations, the IMF estimates.

Further reporting by the AFP