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All provinces see decline in new infections, but 253 more die of Covid-19

There were 253 more coronavirus-related deaths in South Africa on Wednesday, the Department of Health announced, with 7 338 more people getting infected with the virus.

This takes South Africa’s Covid-19 death toll to 84 152, while the new infections take confirmed infections since last March to over 2.8 million in the country.

According to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), the majority of new cases were from KZN, Western Cape and the Eastern Cape.

NICD acting director Professor Adrian Puren said the Gauteng and Limpopo provinces were officially out of the third wave while all provinces were seeing a decline in new cases.

“Although the total number of cases today is higher than yesterday (n= 5 372) and higher than the average number of new cases per day over the previous seven days, the number of new cases and positivity rate have decreased nationally compared to last week,” he said.

There were 253 more coronavirus-related deaths in South Africa on Wednesday, the Department of Health announced, with 7 338 more people getting infected with the virus.

This takes South Africa’s Covid-19 death toll to 84 152, while the new infections take confirmed infections since last March to over 2.8 million in the country.

According to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), the majority of new cases were from KZN, Western Cape and the Eastern Cape.

NICD acting director Professor Adrian Puren said the Gauteng and Limpopo provinces were officially out of the third wave while all provinces were seeing a decline in new cases.

“Although the total number of cases today is higher than yesterday (n= 5 372) and higher than the average number of new cases per day over the previous seven days, the number of new cases and positivity rate have decreased nationally compared to last week,” he said.

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South Africa records 13 251 new infections in last 24 hours

Kwazulu-Natal has recorded the highest number of new infections for a third consecutive day. Between Monday and Wednesday, KZN reported an increase of just over 9 000 new cases.

On Wednesday, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) said 13 251 new Covid-19 cases had been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2 722 202. This increase represents a 20% positivity rate.

As per the National Department of Health, a further 516 Covid-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 80 469 to date.

The majority of new cases are from KwaZulu-Natal (27%), followed by Western Cape (25%). Eastern Cape accounted for 13%; Gauteng Province accounted for 10%; Free State accounted for 7%; Mpumalanga and Northern Cape accounted for 5% each; North West accounted for 4%, and Limpopo Province accounted for 2% of Wednesday’s new cases.

“A total of 16 162 825 tests have been conducted in both public and private sectors. The total number of Wednesday’s cases (n= 13 251) is higher than Tuesday (n= 10 346) and higher than the average number of new cases per day over the seven preceding days (n= 11 889). The seven-day moving average daily number of cases has decreased,” the NICD said.

There has been an increase of 606 hospital admissions in the past 24 hours.  More than 11 million people have received their Covid-19 vaccines in the country.

In the past 24 hours, 266 988 doses were administered and by Tuesday afternoon, 11 076 106.

More than 2.8 million people have been vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus in Gauteng, the province’s Health Department said on Wednesday.

It said the number of patients hospitalised remained 4 258, while 952 more people have been infected with the virus in the province in the past 24 hours.

Infections in Gauteng have been on a gradual decline under the adjusted level 3 of the lockdown which was announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa at the start of August.

Gauteng Health spokesperson Kwara Kekana said the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in the province, as of Tuesday, stood at 899 601.

More than 870 903 people have recovered from the virus, and over 18 459 have succumbed to the virus.

“A total number of 4 258 people are currently hospitalised in the public and private facilities,” said Kekana.

Kekana said 1 900 people were hospitalised in the public sector hospitals, while another 2 310 people were in private facilities.

In terms of vaccinations, Kekana said over 2.8 million had been vaccinated against the virus to date.

The under 35-year-old group have provided a boost in the government’s mass vaccination drive, while on Tuesday, a pilot programme which would see minibus taxis ferry the elderly – those over 50 – kicked off in parts of Gauteng, the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.

The pilot is expected to run until September 4 before a decision is taken on whether to roll it out to all provinces.

The Gauteng provincial government and the SABC also announced on Wednesday that the public broadcaster’s headquarters in Auckland Park would be used as a pop-up vaccination site from Thursday until Saturday.

Gauteng is allowing walk-ins at vaccination sites for people to get their jabs, regardless of whether they have been registered on the EVDS system or not.

South Africa adds 14.7k Covid-19 cases, five provinces displaying a sustained increase

South Africa recorded more than 14 000 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, 18 August, according to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD). The 66 645 tests conducted over the past 24 hours represent a positivity rate of 22.1%, up from yesterday’s 20.4%

SA ADDS 14 728 NEW COVID-19 CASES

The 14 728 new COVID-19 cases detected in South Africa on Wednesday bring the total number of active cases in the country to 158 584. Unfortunately, 384 more people died of COVID-19-related complications, according to the NICD, bringing the death toll to 78 377.

A further 575 people were hospitalised because of COVID-19 within the past 24 hours. There are now 13 929 people admitted for treatment in both public and private hospitals.

“The total number of cases today (n= 14 728) is higher than yesterday (n= 10 685) and higher than the average number of new cases per day over the 7 preceding days (n= 12 107),” said the NICD

“The 7-day moving average daily number of cases has increased.”

FIVE PROVINCES’ COVID-19 CASES INCREASING OR REMAINING STEADY

NICD Acting Executive Director, Professor Adrian Puren, said the Institute is noting a decrease in the number of daily new cases and test positivity rate, nationally, but trends differ at a provincial level.

The COVID-19 cases in Gauteng, Limpopo, North West and Mpumalanga are undergoing a sustained decrease. The other five provinces, however, are either experiencing an increase in the number of new cases or sustaining the amount, according to the NICD.

“The Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Western Cape provinces still appear to be on the upward slope of the third wave, although the Western Cape is showing early signs of reaching the peak of their third wave.

“Whereas the Free State and Northern Cape provinces continue to see a steady number of new cases,” said Puren.

PROVINCIAL BREAKDOWN

The Western Cape (27%) and KwaZulu-Natal (25%) remain the provinces responsible for the most new infections. The Eastern Cape occupied third place with 13%, followed by Gauteng with 12%.

The Free State accounted for 7% of Wednesday’s cases, while Mpumalanga and North West accounted for 5% each. Northern Cape and Limpopo rounded off the list with 4% and 3%, respectively.

The list below shows the new COVID-19 cases identified by province, the bracketed number is the number of cases detected on the previous day:

  • Eastern Cape – 1877 cases (1831);
  • Free State – 995 cases (637);
  • Gauteng – 1756 cases (1221);
  • KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) – 3750 cases (2288);
  • Limpopo – 429 cases (215);
  • Mpumalanga – 746 cases (603);
  • North West – 673 cases (485);
  • Northern Cape – 571 cases (660);;
  • Western Cape – 3931 cases (2745); and
  • Unallocated –  0 cases

VACCINATION AND PLAYING BY THE RULES ESSENTIAL

The NICD’s Head of Public Health Surveillance, Dr Michelle Groome, said that vaccination against COVID-19 and complying with the government’s lockdown restrictions would be vital when it comes to seeing off the current third wave of infections and mitigating the impending fourth wave at the end of the year.

“While many may feel that the third wave is abating based on the national picture, adherence to the current adjusted level 3 restrictions and preventative measures remain essential,” said Groome.

“Vaccine supply and the number of vaccination sites have increased and it is up to the public to ensure that they present for vaccination.”

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COVID-19 latest: 553 new deaths reported on Tuesday 17 August

The latest COVID-19 figures released by acting Health Minister Mmamaloko Kubayi-Ngubane on Tueaday evening report that cases have increased by 10 685 in the last 24-hours, meaning that the total number of infections that have been accumulatively reported since March 2020 has risen to 2 624 254.

Sadly, over the last 24-hours alone, a further 553 people have died from COVID-19, meaning that a total of 77 993 people have succumbed to the virus since the first death in March 2020.

Once again, the Western Cape registered the majority of new cases, with 2 745 new infections recorded over the past 24-hours in the province. KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) followed with 2 288 new COVID-19 cases.

A total of 2 393 133 have recovered having tested positive for COVID-19, representing  a recovery rate of 91.2%.

PROVINCIAL COVID-19 CASE BREAKDOWN TUESDAY 17 AUGUST

The following confirmed COVID-19 cases have been recorded in each province over the last 24-hours on Tuesday 17 August:

  • Eastern Cape – 1 813 new cases;
  • Free State – 637 new cases;
  • Gauteng – 1 221 cases
  • KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) – 2 288 cases
  • Limpopo – 215 cases;
  • Mpumalanga – 603 cases;
  • North West – 485 cases
  • Northern Cape – 660 cases;
  • Western Cape – 2 745 casesand
  • Unallocated –  0 cases, 0 deaths.

LATEST VACCINE FIGURES:

A total of 9 753 138 people have received either the Pfizer or Johnson and Johnson jab in South Africa to date, with 195 596 vaccines having been administered to members of the South African public on Tuesday 17 August.

South Africa reports 10 139 new Covid-19 cases, 272 deaths

South Africa recorded 10 139 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has said on Sunday.

KWAZULU-NATAL IS NOW IN THE LEAD

This brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2 605 586. This increase of 10 139 new COVID-19 cases represents a 21 % positivity rate.

A further 272 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 77 141 to date.

“The cumulative number of recoveries is 2 375 633.”

A total of 219 hospital admissions has been reported in the past 24 hours.

KwaZulu-Natal is now in the lead with the majority of new cases: 2 878 (28%), followed by Western Cape with 2 607 new cases (26%), the Eastern Cape with 1 352 (13%) and then Gauteng with 1 241 new cases (12%) provinces.

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15 595 731 tests have been conducted in both public and private sectors.

Applications are now open for the government’s reinstituted R350 social relief of distress grant but do you qualify for the grant?

THE ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR THE COVID-19 GRANT:

A Social Relief of Distress Grant of R350 per month as indicated in the Directions is payable for the period indicated therein to a person who is:

  • a South African Citizen, Permanent Resident or Refugee registered on the Home Affairs database and persons who are holders of special permits under the Special Angolan Dispensation, the Lesotho Exemption Permit dispensation and the Zimbabwe Exemption Permit Dispensation, and asylum seekers whose section 22 permits or visas are valid or were valid on 15 March 2020;
  • ​Currently residing within the borders of the Republic of South Africa;
  • ​above the age of 18 and below the age of 60;
  • ​unemployed;
  • ​not receiving any social grant in respect of himself or herself;
  • ​not receiving an unemployment insurance benefit and does not qualify to receive an unemployment insurance benefit;
  • ​not receiving a stipend from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme and other financial aid;
  • ​not receiving any other government COVID-19 response support; and
  • ​not a resident in a government-funded or subsidised institution.

Care givers who are not receiving any grant on their own behalf will also have to apply for the special Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress Grant.

SA records more than 8 700 new cases, 50% from Western Cape and Gauteng

South Africa recorded 8 791 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday, with Western Cape and Gauteng accounting for 50% of the new cases, the Health Department said when releasing Sunday’s statistics.

“As of today, the cumulative number of #Covid19 cases identified in SA is 2 456 184, with 8 791 new cases reported,” the department said on Twitter on Sunday.

“Today 178 deaths have been reported, bringing the total up to 72 191 deaths. The cumulative number of recoveries now stand at 2 230 871, with a recovery rate of 90.8%,” read the tweet.

To date, 2 230 871 people recovered from Covid-19. The statistics revealed that there were currently 153 122 active cases. The total number of tests conducted, in both public and private sectors, was 14 901 093.

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) said the new cases represented a 23% positivity rate.

“The majority of new cases today are from Western Cape (27%), followed by Gauteng (23%),” the NICD said.

“KwaZulu-Natal accounted for 20%; Mpumalanga accounted for 9%; Eastern Cape and North West accounted for 5% each; Free State and Limpopo accounted for 4% each; and Northern Cape accounted for 3% of today’s new cases,” said the NICD.

The institute said the seven-day moving average daily number of cases has decreased.

“There has been an increase of 204 hospital admissions in the past 24 hours, a decrease from yesterday’s new hospital admissions,” the NICD said.

On Saturday, South Africa received a donation of 2.8 million doses of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine, from the US government.

Receiving the donation, Acting Health Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi thanked the American government and US President Joe Biden for the donation.

“This donation is going to assist us in terms of ramping up our vaccine programme,” she said, adding that the department was looking at increasing the number of daily vaccinations.

“This contributes towards our supply sites, in terms of security of supply – so that we are able to meet the demands that we have,” added Kubayi.

The 2.8 million doses is the first consignment from the American government. The department said the next batch was expected to arrive on Tuesday, to conclude the 5.6 million donated doses.

On Wednesday, Reuters reported that White House officials said that nearly 10 million doses would be shipped to Nigeria and South Africa – as they were two of the most populous countries on the continent.

Four million doses of the Moderna vaccine will go to Nigeria, and 5.66 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine will go to South Africa.

Last month, the Biden-Harris administration announced an allocation plan for 55 million doses to be shared globally.

COVID-19: South Africa adds more than 16 000 cases, 516 deaths

South Africa recorded just more than 16 000 COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, 21 July, according to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD). The new cases detected over the last 24-hour period represent a test positivity rate of 27.5%.

SA ADDS 16 240 COVID-19 CASES

The NICD said the 16 240 new COVID-19 cases identified on Wednesday brings the total number of active cases in the country to 160 462. Unfortunately, 516  more people succumbed to the disease, bringing South Africa’s death toll since the onset of the pandemic to 68 192.

The testing results on Wednesday are markedly different from the previous day. On Tuesday, the NICD reported 8 929 new COVID-19 cases and conducted just 40 173 tests (this increased to 59 068 on Wednesday) at a positivity rate of 22.2%.

Dr Michelle Groome, the Centre Head for the Division of Public Health Surveillance and Response at the NICD, acknowledged the dip and said testing rates have decreased in the past two weeks.

“…while this may be reflective of a decreased need for testing due to decreased infections, access to testing has been limited in certain areas due to the social unrest,” said Groome.

“Thus, trends in the coming week will be important in confirming whether the peak of the third wave has indeed been reached or not.”

Hospital admissions have remained consistent on Tuesday 808 people were admitted for COVID-19 treatment while 831 were admitted within the last 24 hours, according to the NICD on Tuesday. There are currently 17 286 patients admitted to hospitals for the disease across the country.

PROVINCIAL BREAKDOWN

Most of the new COVID-19 cases identified on Wednesday were in Gauteng (32%) followed by the Western Cape (21%) and KwaZulu-Natal (11%). Limpopo and the North West each accounted for 9% while the other provinces – Mpumalanga, Eastern Cape, Free State and Northern Cape – accounted for the remaining 18 percent.

The list below shows the new COVID-19 cases identified by province:

Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola has dismissed claims that prisoners are receiving preferential treatment in the Covid-19 vaccination rollout programme.

The minister told Jacaranda FM: “With regards to those who are criticising us and claiming we are giving preference to inmates above society, that criticism is unfounded. Older inmates were vaccinated when the population 60 years and above received their jabs.

“When it was 50 years and above, they participated with everyone in society, so there was no preference. The reality is we are going to go further than that with the health department so we are able to reach herd immunity.”

Where’s your health pass? Visitors heading to museums, cinemas or swimming pools in France were denied entry from Wednesday if they cannot show the document that proves they have been vaccinated against Covid -19 or have had a recent negative test.

The health pass, previously only required for large-scale festivals or to go clubbing, will also be needed from the start of August to enter restaurants and bars and for long-distance train and plane journeys, as authorities try to slow the spread of the virus and encourage people to get vaccinated.

The introduction of the health pass – a QR code on your smartphone or on a piece of paper – has proved hugely contentious in France, triggering protests nationwide.

Johnson & Johnson on Wednesday forecast just $2.5 billion in 2021 sales of its Covid-19 vaccine, which has fallen way behind rival shots from Pfizer and Moderna as the company deals with vaccine production issues and safety concerns.

35 To 49 Age group sets Covid-19 vaccination registration record

Some good and encouraging news on the COVID-19 side.  One million people between the ages of 35 and 49 have already registered to receive their jabs.  The registration on government’s Electronic Vaccination Data System opened for this cohort on Wednesday night, a few hours ahead of schedule.

The response from the 35 to 49 population group has been massive, setting a new record of registrations for COVID-19 vaccines in a 24-hour period.

This has come at a relief for the government, with the acting Health Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi excitedly tweeting this development on Thursday night.

Government has been battling to get those who are 60 years and older to register and get vaccinated in quickest time since May.

The original target was five million elderly people jabbed by the end of June but that proved too ambitious.

Those who are 35 years and older and registered will get vaccinated from 1 August, but some sites are accepting walk-ins.

More than 16 000 additional people have tested positive for Covid-19, taking South Africa’s total number of confirmed coronavirus cases to 2 253 240.

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases said there were 16 435 new cases confirmed in the last 24 hours.

A further 377 Covid-19-related deaths have been reported, bringing the total number of fatalities to 65 972.

The majority of new cases today are from Gauteng (44%), followed by Western Cape (18%). Limpopo and North West each accounted for 9%; Mpumalanga accounted for 7%; Eastern Cape accounted for 5%; Free State and KwaZulu-Natal each accounted for 3%; and Northern Cape accounted for 2% of today’s new cases.

The NICD said that although the number of positive cases appeared to be decreasing, testing was critical for understanding the spread of Covid-19 infection.

It is crucial to remember that the testing data is representative of those who came forward for testing, not necessarily a reflection of current community transmission in South Africa.

Testing data is used to identify cases and the follow-up of contacts to limit transmission. This data is also used to predict, plan and deploy resources for risk mitigation.

“Understanding that services have been adversely affected and services may be temporarily closed we encourage all our communities to seek medical help if they have Covid-19 symptoms such as fever, lethargy, a dry cough, or trouble breathing,” the NICD said.

Individuals who are unable to access testing facilities and believe they have been infected or have had direct contact with someone who has been confirmed positive should call the Covid-19 hotline at 0800 029 999, stay home, quarantine for 10 days and minimise contact with others.

SA reports SHOCKING 21 584 new reported cases

South Africa has reached a new daily record in the third wave with a shocking 21 584 new cases of COVID-19 reported in the last 24 hours, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has said on Thursday.

This brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 1,995 556.

THE DELTA VARIANT IS THE DOMINANT STRAIN IN SA NOW

This increase of 21 584 new COVID-19 cases represents a 28.4 % positivity rate.

A further 382 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 61 029 to date.

“The cumulative number of recoveries is 1,754 793.”

An increase of 769 hospital admissions has been reported in the past 24 hours.

The Gauteng province accounts for the majority of new cases – 12 806 (59%), followed by the Western Cape with 2 447 new cases (11%) and North West with 1 468 new cases (7%) provinces.

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 13,133 428 tests have been conducted in both public and private sectors.

Acting Health Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane earlier announced that the Delta variant is the dominant strain in the country, meaning it accounts largely for the new COVID-19 infections that have been recorded during the third wave.

It has so far been detected in more than 80 countries, the first being India, which has been grappling with the respiratory disease.

COVID-19: THE DELTA VARIANT EXPLAINED – WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR

  • According to health experts, the Delta variant of COVID-19 spreads more easily because of mutations that make it better at latching onto cells in our bodies.
  • It has been detected in five provinces: the Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and Western Cape.
  • It is RAPIDLY displacing the Beta variant (the variant discovered in the Eastern Cape and had contributed to the sharp increase in COVID-19 cases under the second wave)
  • The Delta variant is believed to be twice as contagious as the Beta variant.
  • People who were previously infected with the Beta variant do not have full protection against the Delta variant, and may get re-infected.
  • Infections among children are more common with the Delta variant, as opposed to the Beta variant.
  • For now, data suggests that the Delta variant is not more severe

Sharp rise in the number of new Covid-19 infections in SA

A total of 17 493 new Covid-19 cases were identified in South Africa on Wednesday, compared to 11 093 yesterday.

This brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 1 861 065, which represents a 24.9% positivity rate, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) said. The majority of new cases are from Gauteng (62%), followed by the Western Cape (10%).

Dr. Michelle Groome, head of the Division of Public Health Surveillance and Response, warned that “the sharp rise in the reported daily Covid-19 cases is cause for concern, especially in the Gauteng province, where daily case numbers are exceeding those seen during the previous two waves.

“Ultimately, it is up to each one of us to play our role to reduce the spread of the virus by limiting our interaction with others, as much as possible, during this time.”

A further 166 Covid-19-related deaths have been reported (297 yesterday), bringing the total fatalities to 59 258.

Professor Adrian Puren, acting executive director of the NICD, stressed that the anecdotes from family and friends are real.

“It is critical to manage our risks and the risk to others, especially the elderly by limiting contact with others and avoiding gatherings with those who are not part of our safe bubble,” Puren said.

A total of 12 703 421 tests have been conducted in both public and private sectors. An increase of 622 hospital admissions has been reported in the past 24 hours.

 

“We are quite advanced with those over the age of 60,” he said, “though we still urge people who have grannies and uncles who are over the age of 60 who are not yet registered to please assist them to get registered.”

“We want to move to the next cohort which will be over 50 and then over 40.’’

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says the department is chasing a tight deadline to conclude the vaccination of teachers by July 8.

Speaking to the media on Wednesday from the Rabasotho community centre in Thembisa, Motshekga said the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) jab would help speed up the inoculation process for the department, as it only requires a single administration, unlike the Pfizer vaccine which needs two doses.

“We’re the ones who put the timelines to say we need two weeks because we don’t want to disrupt schooling and, when we close on the 8th, we want to be done, so that when we come back in the next term we’re done with vaccinations.

Gauteng clinicians are growing concerned about the worsening threat of a health crisis in the province as the closure of the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital drags on.

It has been more than two months since a fire gutted 40% of the hospital’s intensive care beds and destroyed R40m worth of medical consumables.

The fire, which ripped through Africa’s second biggest hospital on April 16, has left Gauteng 1 068 hospital beds short in the midst of the third wave of Covid-19 infections.

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