Covid-19 update: South Africa reports 2,647 new cases

South Africa has 2,647 new cases of Covid-19, according to the National Institute of Infectious Diseases (USA).NICD), a division of the National Health Laboratory Service, announced.

This brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 3,960,424. This increase represents a positive outcome rate of 11.3%.

Today, the majority of new cases are in Gauteng (34%), followed by the Western Cape (23%). Kwa-Zulu-Natal accounted for 12%; The Eastern Cape was 10%; The Free State accounted for 6%; Mpumalanga, Northwest and Northern Cape each accounted for 4% respectively; and Limpopo accounted for 2% of today’s new cases.

The country also reported 29 deaths, of which 6 deaths occurred in the last 24 to 48 hours. To date, the total number of deaths from COVID-19 is 100,219.

increased by 86 hospitalizations in the last 24 hours.

Covid-19 outbreak in North Korea likely to ‘get worse’

On Wednesday, the World Health Organization lamented that it did not have access to data on the Covid-19 outbreak in North Korea, but suggested the crisis was deepening, contrary to Pyongyang’s reports of “progress”.

North Korea, which announced its first coronavirus cases on May 12, said last week that the Covid-19 outbreak was under control, with state media reporting a drop in cases.

But WHO director of emergencies Michael Ryan questioned that claim.

“We assume the situation is getting worse, not better,” he told reporters, admitting, however, that the secretive totalitarian state has provided very limited information.

“Right now we are not in a position to give an adequate assessment of the risk of the situation on the ground,” he said, noting that “it is very, very difficult to give the world a proper analysis when we do not have access to the necessary data.”

Meanwhile, Maria Van Kerkhove, the WHO’s head of Covid-19, said the country has about 3.7 million cases of suspected Covid-19, although official reports only mention “fever” cases.

The state-run Korea Central News Agency (KCNA) reported last Friday that the number of cases has been declining for the seventh day in a row, with just over 100,000 new cases of “fever” recorded in a day, compared with 390,000 cases a day in early May.

The KCNA also reported another death on Friday – the official death toll rose to 69 – and said the death rate remained at 0.002 percent.

“Many recoveries have been reported, but we currently have little information from the country,” Van Kerkhove said.

Additional AFP reporting