Covid-19 update: SA reports 8,920 new cases and 21 deaths

South Africa has identified 8,920 new cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, 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 3,871,085. This increase represents a positive rate of 23.1%.

Most of the new cases today come from Gauteng (39%), followed by KwaZulu-Natal (22%). Western Cape accounted for 16%; The Eastern Cape accounted for 7%; Free State accounted for 6%; The Northwest accounted for 4%; Mpumalanga accounted for 3%; Northern Cape accounted for 2%; and Limpopo accounted for 1% of new cases today. In the last 24 hours, hospital admissions have increased by 150.

The country also reported 21 deaths and of these, 8 deaths occurred in the past 24-48 hours. The cumulative deaths from Covid-19 are 100,630 to date.

24,804,199 tests were conducted in both the public and private sectors

The United States mourns a million deaths from Covid-19

The United States has crossed the 1 million death mark from Covid-19, the White House said Thursday, as the nation tries to turn the page on the pandemic despite threats from another wave.

“Today we are celebrating a tragic milestone,” President Joe Biden said in a statement that acknowledged the “unrelenting” pain of grieving families and urged Americans to remain vigilant as cases resurface.

“A million empty chairs around the dining table,” Biden said. “Each an irreplaceable loss. Each leaving behind a family, a community and a nation has changed forever ”.

Biden’s announcement came as he chaired a virtual global Covid-19 summit, which took place as Europe also passed two million deaths from Covid-19, focusing on efforts to keep the pandemic under control across the board. the world and prepare for future health emergencies.

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The US leader hobbled to the top over the failure of Congress to approve $ 22.5 billion in ongoing Covid-19 emergency funding, including the international supply of vaccines, and warned he was “critical” to lawmakers continue to fund tests, vaccines and treatments.

America recorded its first death from Covid-19, on the west coast, in early February 2020. By the following month, the virus was ravaging New York and the White House was predicting up to 240,000 deaths nationwide.

Further reporting by the AFP