2,650 new cases, seven more deaths

South Africa has identified 2,650 new cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD), a division of the National Health Laboratory Service, has announced.

This brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 3,798,413. This increase represents a positivity rate of 21%, with the seven-day average at 20.7%.

Covid-19 in South Africa

By provinces

Most new cases today are from Gauteng (51%), followed by Kwa-Zulu Natal (23%). Western Cape represented 13%; Free State represented 5%; Mpumalanga accounted for 3%, Eastern Cape and North West each accounted for 2% respectively; Limpopo accounted for, and the Northern Cape accounted for 1% respectively of today’s new cases.

The country also reported seven deaths, five of which occurred in the last 24-48 hours. The total number of fatalities remains at 100,370 to date.

24,505,584 tests were carried out in both the public and private sectors.

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There was an increase of 32 hospital admissions in the last 24 hours.

Shanghai Covid-19 crackdown

In the middle of the night, Shanghai resident Lucy said she and her neighbors were forced onto buses and driven hundreds of kilometers from the shuttered Chinese metropolis to a makeshift quarantine center.

Most of Shanghai’s 25 million residents have been confined to their homes for weeks as the city battles a major Covid outbreak. Hundreds of thousands of virus-positive people have been taken to makeshift facilities as China does not allow them to self-quarantine at home.

But some residents who tested negative told AFP they were also forced from their homes and taken to camps outside the city, hundreds of kilometers away.

“The police told us that there were too many positive cases in our compound and that if we continued to live here, we would all get infected,” Lucy told AFP, using only her first name for privacy reasons.

“We had no choice”

She said the virus-negative group was sent to a quarantine site containing hundreds of prefabricated one-room cabins in neighboring Anhui province, 400km away, and it was initially unclear where they were going.

Lucy added that she doesn’t know when she can go home.

AFP spoke to other Shanghai residents who said that in some housing estates, healthy, virus-negative people were sent to other provinces for quarantine.

One said his neighbors had protested and refused to join.

Another from the city’s Jing’an district told AFP she was taken, along with dozens of people from her residential compound, to a single-room quarantine center in Anhui late at night.

“We all received calls from the neighborhood committee saying that since there are too many positives in our compound, we have to move the negatives to hotels for isolation,” that resident told AFP, preferring to remain anonymous.

He said they were “terrified” at the sight of the temporary accommodation and had “lost confidence in the Shanghai government”.

Extreme measures

Shanghai was under a patchwork of different restrictions on Monday as new virus cases dropped to around 7,000, with 32 deaths.

City authorities have imposed a three-tier system of “freedoms,” although strict local enforcement still restricts most residents to precincts or neighborhoods.

China’s relentless pursuit of a zero-covid policy has left many Shanghai residents chafing under the tight curbs.

The Shanghai government did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

AFP additional report

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