South Africa has recorded 5,096 new Covid-19 cases and 41 deaths.

National Institute of Infectious DiseasesNICD), a division of the National Health Laboratory Service, has reported 5,096 new cases of Covid-19 in South Africa in the past 24 hours.

This brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 3,899,841. This increase represents a positive rate of 20.9%.

24,927,476 tests were carried out in both the public and private sectors. Today, the majority of new cases are in Gauteng (36%), followed by KwaZulu-Natal (19%). The Western Cape was 18%; The Eastern Cape was 11% and the Free State 7%. Mpumalanga, Northwest and Northern Cape accounted for 3% each, and Limpopo accounted for 1% of today’s cases.

The country also reported 41 deaths, of which 12 occurred in the last 24 to 48 hours. This brings the total death toll to date to 100,812.

Over the past 24 hours, the number of hospitalizations has increased by 195.

The IMF said on Tuesday that school closures during the pandemic have slowed children’s learning in many G20 countries and could have a long-term negative impact on GDP in advanced economies.

Recent student assessments show that the widespread adoption of virtual learning during the Covid-19 pandemic has led to a decline in academic performance in India, Germany, the UK, Brazil and the US, where many schools have been closed for over a year.

“If these learning losses are not addressed, affected students could suffer lifelong low earnings,” the Washington-based lending institution said in a report.

IMF economists have observed that current students will make up almost 40 percent of the working-age population in G20 countries in the coming decades.

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“While much is still unknown, our calculations show that once all such students are in the labor market, the gross domestic product of the G20 advanced economies could decline by as much as three percent over the long term,” the report says.

According to the IMF, the poorest households have suffered the most learning losses and their prospects are “particularly worsening, further widening income inequality.”

The IMF estimates that if the learning losses due to the pandemic are not addressed, it could lead to a loss of lifetime income of 1.5 to 10 percent for residents of the G20 countries.

Additional AFP reporting