South Africa has identified 3,785 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 3,802,198. This increase represents a positivity rate of 17.6%.
The majority of new cases today are from Gauteng province (45%) followed by KwaZulu-Natal (28%). Western Cape represented 12%; Free State represented 5%; Eastern Cape represented 4%; Mpumalanga and North West each accounted for 2% respectively; and Limpopo and Northern Cape each accounted for 1% of today’s new cases respectively.
The country also reported seven deaths, and of those, two occurred in the last 24-48 hours. This brings the total number of fatalities to 100,377 to date.
24,527,102 tests were carried out in the public and private sector.
There was an increase of 68 hospital admissions in the last 24 hours.
A new variant of Omicron found in sewage is not necessarily dangerous and may not cause a fifth wave, according to an expert.
The National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) has detected a new subvariant, called BA.4, of Omicron in sewage from south-west Johannesburg.
This comes after a surge in new Covid-19 cases in South Africa, with 2,650 cases and seven deaths recorded on Monday.
talking with 702 On Tuesday morning, NICD Executive Director Professor Adrian Puren said studies are currently being carried out to determine the effectiveness of the vaccines in the sub-variants.
With rising positive cases causing panic of a looming fifth wave, Puren said South Africa has not yet officially entered the fifth wave but is experiencing a resurgence.
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Additional report by Kgomotso Phooko