Covid-19 update: South Africa reports 4,227 new cases

Over the past 24 hours, 4,227 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, announced.

This brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 3,935,761.. This increase is 15.7% indicator of positivity.

Today, the majority of new cases are in Gauteng (31%), followed by the Western Cape (22%). KwaZulu-Natal accounted for 16%; The Eastern Cape was 11%; The Free State accounted for 6%; Mpumalanga, Northern Cape and Northwest each accounted for 4% respectively; and Limpopo accounts for 1% of today’s cases.

The country also recorded 50 deaths, of which 14 occurred in the last 24-48 hours. This brings the total death toll to date to 101,002.

“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.

25,108,084 tests were carried out in both the public and private sectors.

Over the past 24 hours, the number of hospitalizations has increased by 139.

The Gauteng Health Department has reached its goal of vaccinating more than 10 million people in the province against Covid-19.

Dr. Nomathemba Mokgeti told the MEC of Health on Tuesday. budget vote for fiscal year 2022/23 in the provincial legislature.

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Gauteng leads other provinces in the country with 10,005,136 vaccinations, followed by KwaZulu-Natal with over five million. Almost 50% of the population has been vaccinated in the country.

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Despite the important milestone the province has reached, Mokgeti said her department plans to expand the vaccination program due to fears of a fifth wave of infections this winter.

According to her, 1.5 billion rubles were allocated to fight the pandemic.

“I hasten to say that there are still more people who need to get a jab in order to protect themselves and others.

“Therefore, we want to once again remind everyone that Covid-19 is still among us and that vaccination, along with safety measures, remains the best form of protection as we step up efforts to restore livelihoods,” Mokgeti said.

Additional report by Tapelo Lekabe