SA detects about 10,000 new cases in 24 hours

South Africa has reported the highest number of daily Covid-19 cases this year, with 9,757 new cases detected in the last 24 hours.

This brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 3,818,125. This increase represents a 25.9% positive rate, according to the National Institute of Infectious Diseases (USA).NICD), a division of the National Health Laboratory Service, on Thursday evening.

Today, the majority of new cases are in Gauteng Province (44%), followed by KwaZulu-Natal (24%). The Western Cape accounted for 13%; The Eastern Cape was 6%; The Free State accounted for 5%; Mpumalanga accounted for 3%; The Northwest accounted for 2%; and Limpopo and the Northern Cape each accounted for 1% of today’s new cases, respectively.

The country also recorded 64 deaths, of which 7 occurred in the last 24-48 hours. This brings the total death toll to date to 100,471.

24,592,030 tests were carried out in both the public and private sectors.

The WHO estimated on Thursday that the Covid-19 pandemic has killed between 13.3 million and 16.6 million people in 2020 and 2021, three times the number of deaths directly related to the disease.

The long-awaited estimate by the World Health Organization of the total number of deaths caused by the pandemic, including lives lost as a result of its indirect consequences, finally gives an idea of ​​the wider impact of the crisis.

“New estimates by the World Health Organization show that the total number of deaths directly or indirectly related to the Covid-19 pandemic between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2021 was approximately 14.9 million people (from 13.3 million to 16 .6 million),” the UN said in a statement. This is stated in the message of the health agency.

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The figure calculates the so-called excess mortality due to the Covid-19 crisis, which has turned much of the planet upside down for more than two years.

“These sobering data point not only to the impact of the pandemic, but also to the need for all countries to invest in more resilient health systems that can support essential health services during crises, including stronger health information systems,” said WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. . .

Additional AFP reporting