2,650 new cases, seven more deaths

In South Africa, 2,650 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 3,798,413. This increase represents a 21% positive rate, with a seven-day average of 20.7%.

Covid-19 in South Africa

By province

Today, the majority of new cases are in Gauteng (51%), followed by KwaZulu-Natal (23%). The Western Cape accounted for 13%; The Free State accounted for 5%; Mpumalanga accounted for 3%, the Eastern Cape and the North West 2% each, respectively; Limpopo and the Northern Cape account for 1% of today’s new cases, respectively.

The country has also recorded seven deaths, five of which occurred in the last 24 to 48 hours. The total death toll to date is 100,370.

24,505,584 tests were carried out in both the public and private sectors.

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Over the past 24 hours, the number of hospitalizations has increased by 32.

Shanghai suppression of Covid-19

In the middle of the night, Shanghai resident Lucy said that she and her neighbors were forced into buses and taken hundreds of kilometers from the closed Chinese metropolis to a makeshift quarantine center.

Most of Shanghai’s 25 million residents have been chained to their homes for weeks as the city battles a major Covid outbreak. Hundreds of thousands of people infected with the virus have been taken to temporary facilities as China does not allow them to be in home quarantine.

But some residents who tested negative told AFP they were also kicked out of their homes and sent to camps outside the city, several hundred miles away.

“The police told us that there were too many positive cases in our complex and if we continue to live here we will all get infected,” Lucy told AFP, giving only her first name for privacy reasons.

“We didn’t have a choice”

She said the virus-negative group had been sent to a quarantine facility containing hundreds of one-room prefabricated houses in neighboring Anhui province, 400 kilometers away, and that it was initially unclear where they were going.

Lucy added that she did not know when she would be able to return home.

AFP spoke to other Shanghai residents who said healthy, virus-free people in some housing estates have been quarantined in other provinces.

One said his neighbors protested and refused to join.

Another woman from Jing’an City District told AFP that she was taken late one night with dozens of people from her apartment complex to a one-room quarantine center in Anhui.

“We all got calls from the district committee saying that since there are too many positives in our complex, the negatives should be transferred to hotels for isolation,” the resident told AFP, wishing to remain anonymous.

She said they were “frightened” when they saw the temporary housing and “lost confidence in the Shanghai government.”

Extreme measures

Shanghai was under a patchwork of various restrictions on Monday as the number of new cases of the virus fell to around 7,000, with 32 deaths.

The city introduced a three-tier system of “liberties”, although local enforcement of strict laws continued to confine most residents to housing estates or neighborhoods.

China’s relentless pursuit of a zero-covid policy has left many Shanghai residents annoyed by the hard curbs.

The Shanghai government did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Additional reporting on OFP