South Africa has 1,028 new cases and 57 deaths.

National Institute of Infectious DiseasesNICD), a division of the National Health Laboratory Service, said 1,028 new cases of Covid-19 have been identified in South Africa in the last 24 hours.

This brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 3,989,007. This increase represents a positive outcome rate of 5.3%.

Today, the majority of new cases are in Gauteng (40%), followed by the Western Cape (17%). Kwa-Zulu-Natal accounted for 11%; Eastern Cape and Mpumalanga accounted for 7% respectively; Limpopo and Northwest accounted for 6% each, respectively; The Free State accounted for 5%; and the Northern Cape accounts for 1% of today’s new cases.

The country also recorded 57 deaths, of which 6 occurred in the last 24-48 hours. To date, the total number of deaths from Covid-19 is 101,697.

25,637,671 tests were conducted in both the public and private sectors.

Over the past 24 hours, the number of hospitalizations has increased by 37.

The Danish government said on Wednesday that the country will begin offering a fourth dose of the Covid-19 vaccine to at-risk groups next week and to all over 50s after the summer, amid a new option.

“The authorities believe that the new variant is more contagious than the previous one, so we are now acting to protect the most vulnerable and the elderly,” Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen told reporters.

She said those most at risk would be able to get a fourth dose starting next week.

The Omicron BA.5 sub-variant now accounts for 59 percent of new cases in Denmark, which has recorded more than 3.1 million infections since the start of the pandemic in a country of 5.8 million people.

Denmark, which suspended its vaccination campaign at the end of April, said it would expand the campaign after the summer.

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“Health authorities have recommended that 2.5 million Danes be revaccinated in the fall,” Fredriksen said.

A fourth dose will be offered to all people over 50 from 1 October. About 62 percent of Danes have already received their third dose.

The Scandinavian country lifted all of its coronavirus restrictions in February and has no plans to reintroduce them.

“Our strategy is a society without restrictions, so we need to prevent the disease,” not the spread of infection, Soren Brostrom, head of the Danish National Board of Health, told reporters at the same press conference.

He urged people with symptoms to test themselves and isolate if they test positive.

Additional AFP reporting