Covid-19 update: South Africa reports 5,062 new cases and 15 deaths

In South Africa, 5,062 new cases of Covid-19 have been identified in the past 24 hours and the number of cases continues to rise, bringing the total number of active cases in the country to 34,150.

This brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 3,769,927. This increase represents an 18.4% positive rate, according to the National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NICD), a division of the National Health Laboratory Service, said Tuesday.

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

The country also recorded 15 deaths, of which 6. happened within the last 24-48 hours. This brings the total death toll to date to 100,348.

“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.

24,370,285 tests were carried out in both the public and private sectors.

Over the past 24 hours, the number of hospitalizations has increased by 83.

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The Democratic Alliance (DA) on Monday said it was concerned about Gauteng’s Health Ministry’s lack of effective leadership as Covid cases soared in the province, a likely fifth wave of infections ahead of the winter season.

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The DA MPL and Gauteng health spokesman Jack Bloom said acting department head Dr Sibongile Zungu resigned in March for unknown reasons and her position was left unfilled.

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Bloom also expressed concern that the department has not had a full-time head since Professor Mhululi Luhele stepped down in October 2020 after he was involved in personal protective equipment (PPE) misappropriation.

“Other senior positions, including chief financial officer, are still filled with current staff,” Bloom said in an interview. statement.

Gauteng has seen an increase in Covid-19 cases over the past few days.

Additional report by Tapelo Lekabe

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