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7 657 new Covid-19 in SA, 64% reported in Gauteng

A total of 7 657 new Covid-19 cases were reported on Sunday, representing a 17.2% positivity rate, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), a division of the National Health Laboratory Service said.

“The majority of new cases today are from the Gauteng province (64%), followed by the Western Cape (9%) and North West (7%) provinces,” it said.

Gauteng recorded 4 891 new cases, while 663 cases were reported in Western Cape, 521 in North West, 379 in Free State, KwaZulu-Natal recorded 338 cases, Mpumalanga 283, 256 in Northern Cape, 171 in Limpopo, and 155 in Eastern Cape.

A total of 59 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours.

“This brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 1 747 082.”

To date, 12 193 414 tests have been conducted in both the public and private sectors.

According to the latest statistics, 26 571 new tests were conducted in the private sector, and 17 989 in the public sector, making a total of 44 560 new tests conducted.

“An increase of 632 hospital admissions and 78 in-hospital deaths have been reported in the past 24 hours.”

“The majority of new cases today are from the Gauteng province [with] 63%, followed by the Western Cape [with] 11% and North West [with] 6% provinces,” said the NICD.

The new cases represented a 16.6% positivity testing rate, the Department of Health said.

On Saturday, the country recorded 9 320 new Covid-19 cases and 114 deaths.

Gauteng recorded 5 902 of the new cases while the Western Cape accounted for 987 cases.

North West recorded 515 new cases, followed by Free State with 418, KwaZulu-Natal with 372, Mpumalanga with 339, 274 in the Northern Cape, 260 in Eastern Cape, and 253 in Limpopo.

SA’s Covid cases climb by 3 285, inching closer to 1.7m mark

In the last 24 hours, South Africa’s cumulative number of Covid-19 cases has increased by 3 285 to 1 699 849.

The Health Ministry announced that the cumulative total of tests conducted to date is 11 899 793 with 23 199 new tests recorded since the last report.

A total of 89 deaths have been reported, taking the tally up to 57 063.

  • Eastern Cape – 1
  • Free State – 23
  • Gauteng – 25
  • KwaZulu-Natal – 1
  • Limpopo – 17
  • Mpumalanga – 0
  • North West – 0
  • Northern Cape – 4
  • Western Cape – 18

Supplied by Health Ministry

To date, 870 477 people have received their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

South Africa records 5,074 new Covid-19 infections

South Africa is starting off the week with a daily coronavirus infection rate of 5,074 for the past 24-hour reporting cycle.

These take the country’s known caseload since the start of the pandemic to 1,696,000.

Sadly, 45 more people have also died after contracting the virus, with the death toll now at 56,974.

The Health Department said that 1,578,000 people had recuperated so far, which worked out to a recovery rate of 93%.

Over 1.3 million healthcare workers and people over 60 have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Covid-19: 5 361 new infections in SA, deaths increase by 54

South Africa recorded 5 361 new Covid-19 infections by Thursday and 54 more Covid-19-related deaths, taking the death toll to 56 765.

Of the 54 deaths, four were recorded in the Eastern Cape, 12 in the Free State, 17 in Gauteng, four in KwaZulu-Natal, three in the Northern Cape and 14 in the Western Cape.

“We convey our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the healthcare workers who treated the deceased,” Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said in a statement.

He added that, as of Thursday, the country recorded a total of 1 680 373 Covid-19 cases.

Gauteng recorded the most active cases with 19 877, followed by the Northern Cape with 8 596 and the Free State with 8 503.

The recovery rate stands 93.3%, with 1 567 635 recoveries recorded.

SA records highest number of new Covid-19 cases in four months

South Africa has recorded the highest number of new Covid-19 infections in over four months, however, some experts say this might only be the tip of the iceberg as test positivity steadily increases.

The country recorded an increase of 5 782 new cases and 110 Covid-19 related deaths yesterday.

Acting Executive Director at the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), Prof Adrian Puren said the positivity rate or the number of positive results out of the total daily tests, has reached 12.7% today nationally.

Four provinces have already entered the third wave of Covid-19 infections, including the Northern Cape, Free State, North West and Gauteng.

“This means that the 7-day moving average of case incidence has reached 30% of the previous peak in these provinces. We are also seeing sustained increases in case incidence in some districts in other provinces,” he said.

Director of the KZN Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform (Krisp) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Professor Tulio de Oliveira, said it is concerning that the majority of new cases were recorded in Gauteng.

“First time since February this year, South Africa has more than 5,000 Covid-19 infections. It is also worrying that we may be seeing only the tip of the iceberg as the testing positivity rate is at 12%.”

“The majority, i.e. 3000/5000 of the positives are in Gauteng, which is home to Johannesburg and Pretoria. Unfortunately, as predicted, Gauteng may have the largest 3rd wave… Not good, given the dense population of the economic powerhouse province of South Africa,” said De Oliveira in a series of tweets.

Dr Michelle Groome, Head of the Division of Public Health Surveillance and Response at the NICD said: “Until such time as the majority of the population has been vaccinated, we need to persevere with the current recommendations to limit the spread of the virus,”

The NICD has urged people to wear masks, practice good hand hygiene, maintain social distancing and limit social interactions as much as possible.

COVID-19 latest: Over 4 000 cases reported for second day running

The latest COVID-19 figures released by Health Minister Zweli Mkhize on Thursday evening make for a worrying read, with cases having breached the 4 000 mark for the second consecutive day. Cases increased by 4 424 in the last 24-hours, meaning that the total number of infections that have been accumulatively reported since March 2020 has risen to 1 649 977.

Sadly, over the last 24-hours alone, a further 93 people have died from COVID-19, meaning that a total of 56 170 people have succumbed to the virus since the first death in March 2020.

PROVINCIAL COVID-19 CASE BREAKDOWN THURSDAY 27 MAY

The following number of confirmed COVID-19 infections have been recorded in each province since the pandemic first began last year:

  • Eastern Cape – 197 462 cases;
  • Free State – 99 517 cases;
  • Gauteng –  450 377 cases;
  • KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) – 339 376 cases;
  • Limpopo –65 086 cases;
  • Mpumalanga – 81 806 cases;
  • North West – 74 706 cases;
  • Northern Cape – 49 046cases;
  • Western Cape – 292 601 cases; and
  • Unallocated –  0 cases.

LATEST VACCINATION FIGURES:

A total of 828 204 people have received either the Pfizer or Johnson and Johnson jab in South Africa to date, with Mkhize saying on Thursday that the Department of Health has managed to resolve issues relating to vaccine data collection.

He said that prior records may have contained duplicated figures, but is now confident that the numbers reflect the present status of South Africa’s sluggish vaccine rollout strategy. The total number of people vaccinated under the Sisonke Programme during Phase 1 of the rollout is 479 768, with 348 436 people having received their first of two Pfizer jabs during Phase 2.

“These vaccinations were with the one-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine and are therefore completed vaccinations. As we indicated, the teams undertook data verification processes over the weekend in preparation for the finalisation of a public facing live dashboard,” he said.

“The number reflected today is a result of this process, which removed duplications and vaccinations assigned incorrectly to Sisonke,” Mkhize concluded.

 

SA records 4 623 new Covid-19 cases overnight as 102 people succumb to Covid-19

More than 10% of all South Africans who went for Covid-19 tests in the past 36 hours have tested positive, figures from the Department of Health show.

According to the Health Department’s latest Covid-19 statistics, the cumulative number of Covid-19 cases identified in South Africa as of Wednesday was 1 645 555, with 4 623 new cases reported from Tuesday.

During this same period, 102 deaths that were linked to Covid-19 were reported taking South Africa’s cumulative deaths linked to the virus to 56 077.

In its daily Covid-19 release of new infections and deaths, the department said the number of tests conducted to date was 11 452 185. Of these 45 877 tests were conducted since the last report on Tuesday.

This means that South Africa’s test positivity has broken through the 10% threshold for the first time since December last year.

The World Health Organisation considers test positivity rate of more than 10% high and indicative of a surge of new infections that could lead to a wave and recommends that government’s tighten restrictions.

Of the new reported deaths, the Eastern Cape recorded 4, the Free State 6, Gauteng 24, KwaZulu-Natal 4, Limpopo 5, Mpumalanga 4, North West 45, Northern Cape 0 and Western Cape 9.

All of South Africa’s nine provinces are showing an uptick in the number of Covid-19 cases with Gauteng (12 834), the Free State (7 180) and the Northern Cape (7 373) leading in the number of active cases.

Covid-19 cases and deaths per province as of May 27, 2021.

The Health Department said the cumulative recoveries now stand at 1 546 583 representing a recovery rate of 94, 0%.

In terms of the vaccination rollout, the total vaccinated under the Sisonke Programme stood at 479 768.

“These vaccinations were with the one-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine and are therefore completed vaccinations,” Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said.

“As we indicated, the teams undertook data verification processes over the weekend in preparation for the finalization of a public-facing live dashboard. The number reflected today is a result of this process, which removed duplications and vaccinations assigned incorrectly to Sisonke.

“The total vaccinated in Phase Two as at midnight (On Wednesday) is 282 135. These vaccinations were with the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. Total individuals vaccinated; Sisonke and Pfizer first dose is 761 903,” Mkhize said.

SA records 102 Covid-19 deaths and more than 3,000 cases in 24 hours

The number of new Covid-19 cases is on the rise in all provinces, the health ministry said on Tuesday night.

In the past 24 hours, 3,084 new infections were recorded at a positivity rate of 11%, taking the cumulative number of cases to date to 1,640,932.

“There are 41,005 active cases in the country, reflecting a 0.69% increase in active cases over the past 24 hours. The Northern Cape has the most active cases per 100,000 population at 622.1, followed by Free State at 232.7, North West at 118.7, Gauteng at 74.0 and the Western Cape at 43.9 active cases per 100,000 population.

“Nationally, there has been a 17% increase in new cases compared to seven days prior. All provinces continue to show increases in new cases compared to seven days prior.

“As of May 25 2021, the highest case incidence per 100,000 population over the past seven  days was reported in the Northern Cape at 226.9, followed by Free State at 101.2, Gauteng at 58.4, North West at 52.7, Mpumalanga at 24.4, and the Western Cape at 22.8 new cases per 100,000 population,” said health minister Zweli Mkhize.

The minister also announced that 102 new Covid-19 deaths had been confirmed in the past 24 hours. Of these, 26 deaths “occurred in the past 48 hours”. There have been 55,976 cumulative deaths recorded across SA since the outbreak of the coronavirus in March last year.

Regarding vaccinations, Mkhize said 47,046 people received their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine as of midnight on May 24, meaning there had now been 221,136 Pfizer jabs administered across SA. Combining this with the 479,768 Johnson & Johnson vaccinations administered under the Sisonke programme, it means 700,904 people have now received at least one dose under the vaccine rollout.

As of midnight on May 24, there were 2,838,526 people registered on the vaccine database.

COVID-19 in SA: Over 2 300 new cases, recovery rate drops

South Africa has picked up 2 355 new infections of COVID-19 in a single day, the Health Ministry said on Tuesday evening 19 May 2021.

The latest figures bring the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases to 1 617 840.

The recovery rate has dropped slightly from 94.5% to a mere 94.4% over the last 24-hour period. The number of people who have managed to beat the respiratory disease has increased to 1 527 968.

All this as the country faces a third wave of COVID-19 infections, particularly in the wake of both the India and UK variant of the respiratory disease, having been detected.

COVID-19 DEATH TOLL RISES BY 80

On another grim note, COVID-19 continues claiming more lives, with an additional 80 people having been reported dead over the past 24-hour cycle – this puts the toll to 55 340. Of the new fatalities, 32 were in Gauteng, 22 were in the Free State, nine were in the Western Cape, six were in Limpopo and the Eastern Cape, and five were in KwaZulu-Natal.

No deaths were reported in Mpumalanga, the North West or the Northern Cape in the past 24 hours.

It is yet to be declared whether South Africa is in a third wave of infections, but in the meantime, the number of cases is rising and many are pinning their hopes on a vaccine. So far, Gauteng is the only province officially experiencing another wave of cases.

According to the health ministry, 479,768 people had been vaccinated under the Sisonke Programme, using the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

“The total vaccinated in phase two to date is 39,371. These vaccinations were with the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine,” it said.

Globally, 164 million cases have been recorded – nearly 144 million of which have led to recoveries – while 3.4 million people have died.

President Ramaphosa may address the nation next week

Zweli Mkhize has confirmed that the wheels are turning quickly within the National Coronavirus Command Council. As the third wave of COVID-19 approaches, interventions on our lockdown restrictions will be needed to address the spread. Things are getting mightily real – with both the NCCC and Cyril Ramaphosa now set to spring into action.

WILL WE GET A ‘FAMILY MEETING’ WITH RAMAPHOSA NEXT WEEK?

The health minister appeared on SABC earlier this morning, to discuss the resurgence of the virus. Daily cases have hit a three-month high, and Free State is already in official ‘third wave’ territory. The Northern Cape is set to follow, and five other provinces are also likely to struggle with a rapidly rising infection rate.

According to Mr. Mkhize, there will be a significant meeting of the NCCC to discuss which Level 1 regulations must be tightened before the third wave becomes a tsunami. This *could* be followed by an address to the nation from President Ramaphosa, but this is yet to be confirmed by any senior office.

WHAT LOCKDOWN RESTRICTIONS ARE UP FOR REVIEW?

We haven’t had a family meeting since Easter, where Cyril announced a very light booze ban and other gentle lockdown restrictions. However, the government is likely to ‘up the ante’ this time around – with gatherings and travel rules firmly in the firing line for the Command Council:

“A difficult time is coming. President Cyril Ramaphosa might address the nation following next week’s meeting, or he may not. The numbers are increasing, so we are formulating a strong response to it. Unless you act quickly, you won’t be able to stop the third wave. Right now, we are concerned. We know we have to prepare some interventions…”

“We are going to look at additional restrictions. That’s up for discussion for the National Coronavirus Command Council. We are going to recommend that there should be a more focus on the size of the gatherings and look at the focus of the measures released when we thought the situation is more improved. When numbers rise, we increase restrictions.”

Zweli Mkhize

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