South Africa has 38,797 active cases of Covid-19.

South Africa currently has 38,797 active Covid-19 cases out of 3,785,398 confirmed cases and 3,646,241 complete recoveries.

Over the past 24 hours, 4954 new cases of Covid-19 have been detected in the country. This increase represents a 22.5% positive rate, according to the National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NICD), a division of the National Health Laboratory Service, announced Friday.

Today, the majority of new cases are in Gauteng (44%), followed by KwaZulu-Natal (27%). The Western Cape accounted for 12%; The Eastern Cape was 6%; The Free State accounted for 4%; Northwest accounted for 3%; Mpumalanga accounted for 2%; and Limpopo and Northern Cape each accounted for 1% of today’s new cases, respectively.

Five new Covid-19 related deaths have been reported, with 2 occurring in the last 24-48 hours. This brings the total death toll to date to 100,360.

24,445,151 tests were conducted in both the public and private sectors.

Over the past 24 hours, the number of hospitalizations has increased by 121.

South Africa on the threshold of the fifth wave of Covid-19 – Phaahla

Speaking during a virtual media briefing on Friday morning, Health Minister Dr Joe Fahla said the Ministry of Health had seen an increase in Covid-19 cases over the past two weeks, especially in Gauteng, the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.

“As of yesterday, Gauteng alone accounted for 53% of positive cases, KZN for 23% and the Western Cape for 11%,” Fahla said.

He said there were 6,000 cases of Covid-19 in the country on Wednesday, and while there was a slight drop to just over 4,000 cases of Covid-19 on Thursday, this could be due to a public holiday on Wednesday, when fewer people were tested.

Fahla said the country’s positivity rate remains quite high at 17%, adding that this is the first time South Africa has seen a spike in infections since the end of the national disaster.

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