Covid-19 Update: Zero deaths reported with 3,838 new cases

South Africa has identified 3,838 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 3,795,763. This increase represents a positivity rate of 22.0%, with the seven-day average at 20.4%.

Most new cases today are from Gauteng (46%), followed by Kwa-Zulu Natal (29%). Cape Occidental represented 11%; Free State represented 4%; Eastern Cape accounted for 3%, Mpumalanga and North West each accounted for 2% respectively; Limpopo accounted for and Northern Cape accounted for 1% respectively of today’s new cases.

The country also reported zero deaths in the past 24 hours. The total number of fatalities remains at 100,363 to date.

24,492,958 tests were carried out in both the public and private sectors.

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There was an increase of 44 hospital admissions in the last 24 hours.

The US national security chief acknowledged on Sunday that the nation is facing “extraordinary stress” as it prepares for surges in immigrants crossing the Mexican border once pandemic-related entry limits are lifted.

Interviewed on ABC, Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas also repeated a strong message of “Don’t come” to any would-be migrants thinking about crossing illegal borders.

President Joe Biden’s plan to end Title 42 on May 23, the measure allowed for the rapid removal of migrants, supposedly for health reasons, during the Covid-19 crisis has sparked cross-party anger.

Republicans have relentlessly urged that America’s borders are out of control, and Democratic lawmakers in swing states say such policy messages have left them highly vulnerable in November’s midterm elections.

Mayorkas acknowledged the breadth of the problem on “Fox News Sunday.”

“There is unanimity that the system is broken,” he said, saying urgent legislation is needed to provide a long-term solution.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency says it has encountered 7,800 undocumented immigrants a day along the Southwest border in recent weeks, nearly five times the average of 1,600 recorded between 2014 and 2019, before the coronavirus outbreak.

Homeland security officials said in March that number could reach 18,000 per day once Title 42 is lifted.

Mayorkas said his department is preparing for the increase.

“There’s no doubt that if we get to that number, that’s going to be an extraordinary strain on our system,” Mayorkas told CNN’s “State of the Union” talk show. “But we are preparing for it.”

Immigration has been one of the thorniest issues facing Washington for decades, and reform efforts have been elusive.

Tempers on the issue flared when former President Donald Trump described undocumented immigrants as criminals and rapists, and when his administration separated some parents from children crossing the border.

Title 42 was installed under Trump, and critics said he was invoking public health concerns as an easy way to limit migration.

But Biden also relied on turning away migrants, whose numbers have surged near border crossings in anticipation of the measure’s end.

Border apprehensions hit an all-time high in 2021 and look set to surpass that pace this year.

Anticipating a major influx, the administration expanded border facilities and increased its capacity to process migrants.

Additional AFP report

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