South Africa currently has 38,797 active cases of Covid-19, out of a total of 3,785,398 confirmed cases and 3,646,241 total recoveries.
The country has identified 4,954 new cases of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours. This increase represents a positivity rate of 22.5%, as announced this Friday by the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD), a division of the National Health Laboratory Service.
Most new cases today are from Gauteng (44%), followed by Kwa-Zulu Natal (27%). Western Cape represented 12%; Eastern Cape represented 6%; Free State represented 4%; Northwest represented 3%; Mpumalanga accounted for 2%; and Limpopo and Northern Cape each accounted for 1% of today’s new cases respectively.
Five news There have been deaths related to Covid-19, and of these, 2 occurred in the last 24-48 hours. This brings the total number of fatalities to 100,360 to date.
24,445,151 tests were carried out in both the public and private sectors.
There was an increase of 121 hospital admissions in the last 24 hours.
South Africa on the brink of the fifth wave of Covid-19: Phaahla
Health Minister Dr Joe Phaahla said during a virtual press conference on Friday morning that the Department of Health has noticed an increase in Covid-19 infections over the past two weeks, particularly in Gauteng, the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal .
“As of yesterday, Gauteng alone accounted for 53% of positive cases, KZN for 23% and Western Cape for 11%,” Phaahla said.
He said the country hit 6,000 Covid-19 infections on Wednesday, and while there was a slight drop to just over 4,000 Covid-19 infections on Thursday, this could be due to the public holiday on Wednesday which saw fewer people being tested .
Phaahla said the country’s positivity rate remains quite high at 17%, adding that it is the first time South Africa has seen a resurgence of infections since ending the National State of Disaster.
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