Covid-19 update: SA reports 8,351 new cases in 24 hours

In South Africa, 8,351 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 3,879,434. This increase represents a positive outcome rate of 22.5%.

Today, the majority of new cases are in Gauteng (40%), followed by KwaZulu-Natal (19%). The Western Cape accounted for 18%; The Eastern Cape was 7%; The Free State accounted for 6%; Mpumalanga, Northwest and Northern Cape each accounted for 3% respectively; and Limpopo accounts for 1% of today’s new cases.

The country also recorded * 114 deaths, of which 3 deaths occurred in the last 24-48 hours. To date, the total number of deaths from Covid-19 is 100,744.

“According to the NDoH, be aware that the Northwest reported 92 retrospective deaths today due to data cleansing and the Free State reported 11 retrospective deaths today. Some of the retrospective deaths have only recently been combined with the cumulative list of case lines due to incorrect first and last names that were recorded in the DATCOV system,” said NICD.

24,841,314 tests were carried out in both the public and private sectors.

Over the past 24 hours, the number of hospitalizations has increased by 136.

Fifth wave of Covid-19 in South Africa

The World Health Organization (WHO) in Africa has urged the leaders of the SADC region to step up their response to the Covid-19 pandemic as the number of infections soar.

On Thursday, National Health Minister Joe Fahla confirmed that South Africa had entered its fifth wave with infections from the Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 lines.

According to health experts, the fifth wave may resemble the previous wave in size and severity.

“Since the beginning of April, more than 1,300 cases of Omicron BA.2 subvariant and more than 700 BA.4 subvariant cases have been reported in South Africa alone,” said the WHO Regional Director for Africa. Abdou Salam Guye.

The African continent recorded 52,878 cases of Covid-19 in the week ending May 8, up 38% from the week before. Power FM reports.

“This is largely driven by the surge in South Africa, which accounts for 87% of reported cases on the continent, interrupting a two-month decline in reported infections,” Guie said.

The fifth wave of infections comes amid easing of public health and social protection measures that were taken at the beginning of the pandemic.

Health officials are urging South Africans to get shots and boosters to prevent high transmission rates.

Additional reporting on Narissa Subramoni