In South Africa, 1,954 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 3,764,865. This increase represents a positive outcome rate of 19.3%.
Today, the majority of new cases are in Gauteng (55%), followed by KwaZulu-Natal (23%). The Western Cape was 11%; The Free State accounted for 3%; The Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga and the North West accounted for 2% each, respectively; and Limpopo and the Northern Cape each accounted for 1% of today’s new cases, respectively.
24,342,803 tests were carried out in both the public and private sectors.
“Due to ongoing audits by the National Department of Health (NDoH), there may be a buildup of reported deaths from Covid-19,” the NICD said in a statement.
The country has recorded 30 deaths, of which 2 occurred in the last 24-48 hours. This brings the total death toll to date to 100,333.
Covid-19 surge in Beijing sparks mass testing and panic buying
Concerns about a tight Covid-19 lockdown sparked panic buying in Beijing on Monday as long queues formed for mandatory mass testing in a large central area of the Chinese capital.
China is already trying to contain the wave of infections in its largest city, Shanghai, which has been in near total lockdown for weeks and reported 51 new deaths from Covid-19 on Monday.
Shanghai has struggled to provide fresh food to those at home, while patients have reported problems accessing non-COVID health care, and a rise in cases in the capital has raised fears of a similar lockdown.
Chaoyang, the most populous district in central Beijing, which has about 3.5 million people, ordered mass testing of residents and those who come there to work from Monday. The area is home to embassies and the headquarters of many multinational companies.
Lines snaked around malls and office complexes as people waited to be cleaned by medical workers in protective gear.
“If just one case is found, the area could be affected,” said 25-year-old office worker Yao Leiming, heading to the Chaoyang test site with a group of colleagues.
A mass testing order and warnings of a “gloomy” Covid-19 situation in the city sparked a massive raid on Beijing’s supermarkets overnight as residents rushed to stock up on essentials.
Many items on grocery delivery apps sold out Sunday night after a test order was announced, but stocks were restocked on Monday.
Additional AFP reporting