Covid-19 update: South Africa reports 3,237 new cases and 10 deaths

In South Africa, 3,237 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 3,844,625. This increase represents an 18.7% positive outcome rate.

Today, the majority of new cases are in Gauteng Province (52%), followed by KwaZulu-Natal (20%). The Western Cape was 11%; The Eastern Cape and Free State accounted for 5% each, respectively. Mpumalanga, Northwest and Northern Cape each accounted for 2% respectively; and Limpopo accounts for 1% of today’s new cases.

The country also recorded 10 deaths, of which 4 occurred in the last 24-48 hours. This brings the total death toll to date to 100,533.

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

24,693,273 tests were carried out in both the public and private sectors.

Over the past 24 hours, the number of hospitalizations has increased by 67.

Dr Owen Kaluva of the World Health Organization urged South Africans to get vaccinated urgently as the country approaches a new record for Covid-19 positives amid the fifth wave.

Speaking with City PressDr. Kaluva, said scientists “predicted it would happen around this time.”

Kaluva said that the debate about whether we are in the fifth wave or not is not our focus.” Instead, rising new infections should encourage people to get vaccinated.

“Now, given the rising number of infections, it is important that those who are not vaccinated do so as a matter of urgency. This includes those who are partially vaccinated,” he said.

However, we are still a long way from reaching the delta peak, with hundreds of people dying daily and 16,000 hospitalizations per day on average.

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Additional report by Sheryl Cala