Covid-19 update: South Africa reports 960 new cases

The National Institute for Infectious Diseases (NICD) on Saturday reported 960 new cases of Covid-19 in the country.

This brings the total number of cases in South Africa to 3,985,606.

NICD stated that the detection rate in the last 24 hours is 14.16%.

The majority of new cases were detected in Gauteng (439), followed by the Western Cape (187) and KwaZulu-Natal (149).

The number of new cases reported in other provinces was as follows:

  • Limpopo (19),
  • Mpumalanga (39),
  • Free State (26)
  • Northern Cape (5),
  • Eastern Cape (59)
  • Northwest (37).

6781 tests have been performed in the last 24 hours.

Covid Vaccine Patents Canceled

On Friday, the World Trade Organization agreed to revoke patents on Covid-19 vaccines after pressure from South Africa and India.

The agreement means that developing countries can now produce their own vaccines without the permission of the patent holders – for at least six months.

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Manufacturers from developing countries are now allowed to export vaccines manufactured under the exemption to other developing countries without the previous restrictions.

It will also allow certain information available in regulatory dossiers to be used to expedite the production of generics.

The agreement will cover tests and treatment for Covid.

While demand for Covid vaccines has fallen globally, many developing countries are still lagging behind.

While 60 percent of the world’s population has received two doses of the vaccine, the number drops to 17 percent in Libya, eight percent in Nigeria and less than five percent in Cameroon, according to the World Health Organization.

“We are now focused on meeting demand by convincing global vaccine suppliers to buy from African manufacturers,” the South African government said in a statement.

  • Additional AFP reporting