There are currently 33,552 active cases of Covid-19 in South Africa, with a total of 3,965,422 reported cases and 3,830,585 recoveries, according to the National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NICD), a division of the National Health Laboratory Service, reported.
Over the past day, 2028 new cases of Covid-19 infection have been detected in the country. This increase is 9.8% indicator of positivity.
Today, the majority of new cases are in Gauteng (30%), followed by the Western Cape (25%). Kwa-Zulu-Natal accounted for 13%; The Eastern Cape was 11%; The Free State, Mpumalanga, and Northern Cape accounted for 5% each, respectively; the Northwest accounted for 4%; and Limpopo accounted for 2% of today’s new cases.
The country also recorded 35 deaths, 10 of them in the last 24-48 hours. The cumulative number of deaths from Covid-19 to date is 101,285.
25,334,835 tests were carried out in both the public and private sectors.
Over the past 24 hours, the number of hospitalizations has increased by 65.
Health Products Regulatory Authority of South Africa (Sahpra) announced that the antiparasitic drug ivermectin is no longer allowed to be prescribed to patients with Covid-19.
Sahpra immediately terminated the controlled compassionate use access program, saying there was no credible evidence that it helped treat Covid-19.
It states that since the program’s inception, there have been several developments regarding the evidence for the effectiveness of ivermectin.
“Further importation of non-registered ivermectin products will be prohibited and healthcare facilities will no longer be able to hold bulk stocks pending prescriptions for such non-registered ivermectin products.”
Sahpra also said that the results of two large clinical trials conducted in 2021 do not support the use of ivermectin for Covid-19 patients.
Additional report by Faizel Patel