Covid-19 update: 3838 new deaths reported without deaths



In South Africa, 3,838 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 3,795,763. This increase represents a 22.0% positive rate, with a seven-day average of 20.4%.

Today, the majority of new cases are in Gauteng (46%), followed by KwaZulu-Natal (29%). The Western Cape was 11%; The Free State accounted for 4%; The Eastern Cape accounted for 3%, Mpumalanga and the North West for 2% each, respectively; Limpopo and the Northern Cape accounted for 1% of today’s new cases, respectively.

The country also reported zero deaths in the last 24 hours. The total death toll to date is 100,363.

24,492,958 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 44.

On Sunday, the head of US homeland security acknowledged that the country is facing “extreme stress” as it prepares for an influx of immigrants crossing the border into Mexico as soon as pandemic-related entry restrictions are lifted.

In an interview with ABC television, Secretary Alejandro Mallorcas also repeated the scathing “don’t come” message to any would-be migrants contemplating illegal border crossings.

President Joe Biden’s plan to repeal Section 42 on May 23 — a measure to quickly remove migrants ostensibly for health reasons during the Covid-19 crisis — has sparked cross-party anger.

Republicans are relentless in saying that US borders are out of control, and Democratic lawmakers in swing states say such political messages left them extremely vulnerable in November’s midterm elections.

Mallorcas acknowledged the extent of the problem in Fox News Sunday.

“There is a consensus that the system is broken,” he said, noting that legislation is urgently needed to ensure a long-term solution to the problem.

The US Customs and Border Protection Agency says it has dealt with 7,800 undocumented migrants daily along the southwestern border in recent weeks — nearly five times the average of 1,600 registered between 2014 and 2019, before the coronavirus outbreak.

National security officials said in March that the number could reach 18,000 a day after Section 42 is repealed.

Majorcas said his department is bracing for a surge.

“There is no doubt that if we actually reach this number, it will be an extraordinary burden on our system,” Mallorca said on the CNN talk show State of the Union. “But we are preparing for this.

Immigration has been one of the most difficult issues facing Washington for decades, and reform efforts have proven elusive.

The trouble around the issue escalated when former President Donald Trump portrayed undocumented migrants as criminals and rapists and his administration separated some parents from children crossing the border.

Section 42 was introduced under Trump, and critics have said it cites public health concerns as an easy way to limit migration.

But Biden, too, leaned on him to turn away migrants, who have surged near border crossings in anticipation of the end of the measure.

Arrests at the border hit an all-time high in 2021 and look set to top that figure this year.

Anticipating a large influx, the administration expanded border crossings and increased its capacity to process migrants.

Additional AFP reporting