Covid-19 update: South Africa reports 8,179 new cases

In South Africa, 8,179 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 3,908,020. This increase represents a positive outcome rate of 22.6%.

Today, the majority of new cases are in Gauteng (38%), followed by the Western Cape (21%). KwaZulu-Natal accounted for 15%; The Eastern Cape accounted for 8% and the Free State for 7%. Northern Cape was 4%; Mpumalanga and North West accounted for 3% each, and Limpopo accounted for 1% of today’s cases.

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The country also recorded 55 deaths, of which 18 occurred in the last 24-48 hours. This brings the total death toll to date to 100,867.

24,963,628 tests were carried out in both the public and private sectors.

Over the past 24 hours, the number of hospitalizations has increased by 145.

China calls for urgent stimulus for virus-hit economy

The Chinese premier called for a more “urgent” roll-out of measures to support the virus-hit country’s economy, state media reported on Wednesday, days after data showed the strong impact of Covid-19 restrictions.

China – the latest major global economy to adopt a tough coronavirus policy – is battling an economic downturn as prolonged virus lockdowns have narrowed supply chains, crushed demand and halted production.

“All localities and departments should increase the sense of urgency, and new measures that can be used should be used,” Li Keqiang said at the symposium on Wednesday, state broadcaster CCTV reported.

He added that efforts to support the economy should “quickly return to normal” after acknowledging that economic indicators have “significantly weakened” since March, especially in April.

On Monday, the country reported that retail sales and factory production fell to their lowest levels since the start of the pandemic, with unemployment back to its February 2020 peak.

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Beijing has targeted annual growth of about 5.5 percent.

Li also called for supporting the listing of tech companies at home and abroad, a day after Communist Party leaders doubled down on support for the tech sector in a rare meeting with executives.

China’s economic woes appear to have motivated a softer approach to the huge, lucrative tech sector after an 18-month crackdown sparked by fears that its big internet companies are controlling too much data and expanding too quickly.

Vice Premier Liu He and other communist leaders have reached out to executives, including Robin Li of Baidu, which is ubiquitous for its search engine and map service, and Zhou Hongyi of internet security firm Qihoo 360, state media reported late. Tuesday evening.

Liu offered support for the “sustainable and healthy development of the platform economy and the private economy,” CCTV reported.

Overseas IPOs from Alibaba’s Ant Group and China’s Uber’s Didi Chuxing soared during the crackdown on tech, and millions of dollars in antitrust and data breach fines were paid to tech giants.

Shares in Chinese tech companies surged in late April after officials pledged support for internet companies at a Politburo meeting.

Tech giants including Alibaba, Tencent and Baidu were marginally lower Wednesday morning, and e-commerce giant JD fell more than 4 percent after posting a 3 billion yuan ($444 million) loss in first-quarter profit.

Additional AFP reporting