Covid-19 update: South Africa reports 3,785 new cases



In South Africa, 3,785 new cases of Covid-19 have been identified in the past 24 hours, the National Institute for Infectious Diseases (NICD), a division of the National Health Laboratory Service, said.

This brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 3,802,198. This increase represents a 17.6% positive rate.

Today, the majority of new cases are in Gauteng Province (45%), followed by KwaZulu-Natal (28%). The Western Cape accounted for 12%; The Free State accounted for 5%; The Eastern Cape was 4%; Mpumalanga and North West accounted for 2% each, respectively; and Limpopo and the Northern Cape each accounted for 1% of today’s new cases, respectively.

The country also reported seven deaths, two of which occurred in the last 24 to 48 hours. This brings the total death toll to date to 100,377.

24,527,102 tests were conducted in both the public and private sectors.

Over the past 24 hours, the number of hospitalizations has increased by 68.

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The new variant of Omicron found in sewage is not necessarily dangerous and cannot cause a fifth wave, the expert said.

The National Institute for Infectious Diseases (NICD) has discovered a new sub-variant of Omicron called BA.4 in sewage in southwest Johannesburg.

This comes after a surge in new Covid-19 cases in South Africa, with 2,650 cases and seven deaths on Monday.

Speaking with 702 On Tuesday morning, NICD Executive Director Professor Adrian Puren said they are currently conducting research to determine the efficacy of vaccines against sub-options.

Puren said that with the rise in positive cases causing panic about the impending fifth wave, South Africa has not officially entered the fifth wave yet but is experiencing a resurgence.

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Additional reporting on Kgomotso Phuko