Covid-19 update: South Africa reports 3,274 new cases and 36 deaths

In South Africa, 3,274 new cases of Covid-19 have been identified in the past 24 hours, 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 3,948,119. This increase represents a positive outcome rate of 13.8%.

Today, the majority of new cases are in Gauteng (33%), followed by the Western Cape (26%). KwaZulu-Natal accounted for 13%; The Eastern Cape was 8%; The Free State accounted for 6%; Northern Cape was 5%; the Northwest accounted for 4%; Mpumalanga accounted for 3%; and Limpopo accounted for 2% of today’s cases.

The country also recorded 36 deaths, 15 of which occurred in the last 24-48 hours. This brings the total death toll to date to 101,128.

“Due to ongoing audits by the National Department of Health (NDoH), there may be a buildup of reported deaths from Covid-19,” the NICD said in a statement.

25,187,804 tests were conducted in both the public and private sectors.

increased by 86 hospitalizations in the last 24 hours.

Government will begin to recognize all verifiable Covid-19 Evidence of vaccination with QR codes – paper or electronic – from international travelers arriving in South Africa starting Friday, May 27, 2022.

This follows confusion over the current transitional sanitary rules announced in April after the Cabinet discontinued national state of distress related to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Government spokesman Phumla Williams said they noted recent incidents at some ports of entry involving international travelers who provided evidence of vaccination that was not defined under the current rule regime.

Williams said it’s important that this vaccination evidence is verifiable.

However, due to the lack of a globally agreed vaccination confirmation template, the government noticed that some countries were using QR code vaccination cards while others were using QR code certificates as proof of vaccination.

Additional AFP reporting