As of Saturday 11 June 2022, the total number of detected cases of Covid-19 in South Africa is 3,977,628, with 975 new cases detected in the last 24 hours.
This represents a 7.5% positive rate, according to the National Institute of Infectious Diseases.NICD) confirmed.
The total number of tests performed to date is 25,480,679, with 13,008 tests performed in the last 24 hours.
Gauteng currently has the highest rate of positivity for Covid-19, with 290 people testing positive in the last 24 hours. The Western Cape is not far behind with 253 positive cases.
KwaZulu-Natal has only reported 122 Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours.
The Northern Cape has reported the lowest Covid-19 infection rate, with only 31 people testing positive in the last 24 hours. Mpumalanga reported only 34 positive cases, Free State 49, Limpopo 51, Northwest 54, Eastern Cape 91.
US to cancel Covid tests for arriving flights
On Friday, the United States announced that Covid-19 tests are no longer required for international travelers arriving by air, a major step in the country’s gradual lifting of pandemic restrictions.
Assistant White House Press Secretary Kevin Munoz confirmed the news on Twitter, and US media said the measure would end this weekend after heavy lobbying from the travel industry.
All passengers were required to present a negative Covid test taken shortly before travel, or proof that they had recovered from the virus within the past 90 days, before boarding the flight.
Munoz said President Joe Biden’s work on vaccines and treatments was “critical” to easing travel restrictions and added that Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will continue to assess Covid data amid a recent rise in cases.
Last month, the United States crossed the threshold of a million deaths from Covid, and Biden acknowledged the “unrelenting” pain of the families of the victims and urged Americans to remain vigilant.
America recorded its first Covid death in early February 2020 on the West Coast.
“We believe we have made the necessary progress in creating protocols around Covid so that we can lift this requirement,” Brian Deese, presidential economic adviser, told CNBC.
“I think this will be good news for business travelers and also good news for American commerce and companies.”
Many mask mandates in the United States have been cancelled, but the country has recently seen a surge in the number of daily cases of the virus, largely due to new Omicron sub-options.
About 300 people die from Covid every day in the country, compared with the last spike in February, when the daily average jumped to 2,700.
Vaccines were free and widely available, but usage rates vary greatly from state to state.
In the country as a whole, 66.7% of the population are fully vaccinated, and among those aged 65 years and older, this figure rises to 91.2%.
Since the US economy has been hit by soaring inflation, the travel sector has welcomed the move.
“The airline commends the administration’s decision to lift pre-flight testing requirements in line with the current health situation,” industry federation Airlines 4 America said in a statement.
“Removing this policy will help stimulate and restore air travel with the United States. We are excited to welcome millions of travelers who are ready to come to the United States for leisure, business and to meet with loved ones.”
* Additional AFP reporting