3,222 new cases in South Africa, China’s Covid death toll rises despite lockdowns

As of Sunday, April 24, the total number of detected cases of Covid-19 in South Africa is 3,762,911, with 3,222 new cases, according to the National Institute of Infectious Diseases (USA).NICD) confirmed.

This corresponds to 16.7% of positive results.

Five COVID-19 Related deaths were reported, 2 of which occurred in the last 24–48 hours, bringing the total number of deaths to 100,303.

In the past 24 hours, 21 people have been hospitalized.

The total number of recovered people is 3,633,297. South Africa currently has 29,311 active cases.

A total of 24,332,659 tests have been carried out to date in both the public and private sectors.

Provincial breakdown

Today, the majority of new cases are in Gauteng (54%), followed by KwaZulu-Natal (25%).

The Western Cape accounted for 10% of new cases and Mpumalanga for 3%.

The Eastern Cape, Free State and Northwest account for 2% each, while Limpopo and Northern Cape each account for 1% of today’s new cases, respectively.

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International Covid-19 update:

China’s Covid death toll rises as Beijing warns of ‘grim’ situation

Shanghai reported 39 Covid deaths on Sunday, its highest daily toll despite weeks of lockdown, while China’s capital Beijing warned of a “gloomy” situation as infections rise.

The world’s second-largest economy is struggling to quell the worst outbreak in two years with tight lockdowns and mass testing as it adheres to a strict zero-covid policy that is taking a heavy toll on business and public morale.

Since the beginning of the month, Shanghai’s cosmopolitan business center has been almost completely on lockdown, disrupting supply chains, and many residents have been forced to stay at home even longer as it became the epicenter of the outbreak.

China’s largest city only announced the first deaths from the outbreak on April 18, despite thousands of daily cases being reported in recent weeks.

An additional 39 deaths were reported on Sunday, bringing the total to 87, while the country recorded almost 22,000 new cases of local infection with the virus, according to the National Health Commission.

Shanghai’s previous highest daily casualty rate since lockdown was 12, reported a day earlier.

The city of 25 million is struggling to provide fresh food to those at home, while patients report problems accessing routine healthcare as thousands of healthcare workers have been dispatched to test and treat Covid.

Health officials warned of the particular risks of Covid to the country’s elderly and largely unvaccinated population, saying the median age of those who died during the outbreak in Shanghai was 81.

Five of those who died were vaccinated, although authorities said the deaths were linked to people who had serious comorbidities and were in critical condition.

Doubts have been raised about the effectiveness of domestic Chinese vaccines, and Beijing has not imported any foreign-made vaccines.

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Censors have fought to eliminate online backlash against Shanghai’s long-running lockdown, including quickly censoring a viral video of residents talking about their daily struggles with food and access to basic services.

On Saturday night, a fire at an apartment building drew fear and criticism on social media, given that many exits in the complexes tend to be closed as part of Covid controls.

Meanwhile, Beijing reported 22 more infections on Sunday, with the capital locking down one apartment complex in the city center as officials warned the situation was “gloomy and complicated.”

Health spokesman Pan Xinghuo said preliminary observations showed that Covid had “spread invisibly” throughout the city for a week, “complicating prevention and control.”

Nearly a quarter of active cases in Beijing are people over 60, Pang said, and half of the infected older people have not received Covid vaccines.

The populated eastern district of Chaoyang said it would expand testing for Covid, adding that it has indefinitely banned extracurricular in-person activities or sports activities.

Many metropolitan fitness studios and gyms have already canceled classes or closed.

Beijing has also imposed strict controls on entering the city, with travelers required to test negative for Covid within 48 hours.

People who have traveled to cities or counties where only one case of Covid has been reported in the last two weeks are denied entry.

Additional AFP reporting