Covid-19 update: SA reports 2970 new cases and 31 deaths

Over the past 24 hours, 2,970 new cases of Covid-19 have been identified, according to the National Institute of Infectious Diseases (USA).NICD), a division of the National Health Laboratory Service, reported.

Today, the majority of new cases are in Gauteng (31%), followed by the Western Cape (23%). Kwa-Zulu-Natal accounted for 13%; The Eastern Cape was 10%; The Free State and Northwest accounted for 6% each, respectively; Mpumalanga accounted for 5%; Northern Cape was 4%; and Limpopo accounted for 2% of today’s new cases.

This brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 3,963,394. This increase represents a positive outcome rate of 11.6%.

There were also 31 deaths. Of these, 10 occurred within the last 24–48 hours. To date, the total number of deaths from Covid-19 is 101,250.

25,314,119 tests were carried out in both the public and private sectors.

Shanghai fight against Covid-19 drags on despite officials claim victory

Trapped in their homes as neighbors celebrate their freedom, hundreds of thousands of Shanghai residents are finding their way out of lockdown harder than the victory trumpeted by Chinese state media.

The metropolis of 25 million has been partially closed since late March after becoming the epicenter of China’s worst Covid-19 outbreak in two years.

After gradually relaxing some rules over the past few weeks, authorities on Wednesday again allowed residents of areas considered low-risk to roam freely.

But while many celebrated with drunken street parties and shopping, parts of the city remained dormant, with several neighborhoods returning to lockdown on Thursday due to new infections.

Liu, a 29-year-old woman from Shanghai’s Minhang district, told AFP that her apartment complex was hastily sealed on Thursday morning after a man in one of the buildings returned an “abnormal” Covid-19 test result.

She said shocked neighbors bombarded the complex’s group chats with complaints that the lockdown was “endless” while many waited at the gate for couriers to deliver laptops they left at the offices on Wednesday – the first day they returned. to their jobs.

“I had one happy day yesterday,” Liu said.

Additional AFP reporting