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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

Covid-19 cases in South Africa

For the first time in several weeks, South Africa has recorded over 3,000 new coronavirus infections over a 24-hour period.

The Health Ministry has confirmed that SA now has a total of 1 605 252 confirmed cases – 29 362 are active cases.  Data from the past seven days has shown an overall 46% increase in new infections in comparison to the previous week with the Northern Cape, Gauteng and Limpopo provinces topping the list.

Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, said the country’s Covid-19-related death toll has increased to 55 012 with 44 new Covid deaths.

Covid-19 in SA death breakdown:

  • Eastern Cape – 2
  • Free State – 19
  • Gauteng – 13
  • Kwa-Zulu Natal – 3
  • Northern Cape – 2
  • Western Cape – 5
Picture: Health Ministry
Picture: Health Ministry

“The number of tests conducted to date is 11 010 999. Of these 42 073 tests were conducted since the last report. The cumulative recoveries now stand at 1 520 878, representing a recovery rate of 94,7%,” Mkhize said.

He added that 455 169 healthcare workers have been vaccinated.

Mkhize earlier came under fire from opposition parties on government’s response to Covid-19 and the slow pace to vaccinate people with the third wave now looming.

The EFF, DA and IFP on Thursday said the government has let down the people and would not meet population immunity of vaccinating 40 million people by the end of the year.

COVID-19 daily figures highest in three months

The latest COVID-19 figures have been released. According to the Health Ministry, 2 781 new cases were identified in South Africa. As of today, the death toll stands at 54 968 with recoveries at 1 519 734.

The total number of vaccines administered is 52 647 and the country has a recovery rate of 95%. That said, the daily new infections is the highest it’s been since 10 February 2021.

COVID-19 UPDATE: 12 MAY 2021

BREAKDOWN OF NEW CONFIRMED COVID-19 CASES

As per Health Minister Zweli Mkhize’s report, 2 781 confirmed cases were identified during the past 24 hours. Unfortunately, we also lost 72 patients to COVID-19-related illnesses.

As per the report: 6 patients from the Eastern Cape passed away, 13 from the Free State, 27 from Gauteng, 5 from KwaZulu-Natal, 5 from Mpumalanga, 4 from Northern Cape, and 12 from Western Cape.

At the time of publishing, the Health Ministry recorded 10 968 199 cumulative COVID-19 tests, of which 37 020 were done during the past 24 hours: 13 857 at public facilities and 23 163 at private facilities.

NEW CASES, DEATHS AND RECOVERIES BY PROVINCE

The confirmed COVID-19 cases per province is as follows:

Province Total Cases in South Africa Total Deaths Total Recoveries Active Cases currently
Eastern Cape 196 387 11 612 184 504 271
Free State 92 886 3 950 83 952 4 984
Gauteng 430 310 10 818 413 841 5 651
KwaZulu-Natal 337 614 10 438 321 585 5 591
Limpopo 64 278 2 336 61 556 386
Mpumalanga 79 360 1 413 76 968 979
North West 69 782 1 758 64 398 3 626
Northern Cape 42 733 958 37 330 4 445
Western Cape 288 681 11 685 275 600 1 396
Unallocated 0

GLOBAL STATISTICS

At the time of publishing, COVID-19 is affecting 220 countries and territories. The global caseload stands at 160 080 581, with the death toll at 3 345 018 and recoveries at 138 863 472.

The US is the worst affected with 597 785 deaths from 33 586 136 cases. After the US, the hardest-hit countries are India with 258 3351 deaths from 23 702 832 cases, and Brazil with 428 256 deaths from 15 361 686 cases.

France has 107 119 deaths from 5 821 668 cases while Turkey recorded 43 821 deaths from 5 072 462 cases. South Africa is currently 20th on the list, preceded by Iran, Poland, Colombia, Argentina, Germany, Spain, Italy, the UK, and Russia.

Only 566 new Covid-19 cases identified in SA

A total of 566 new Covid-19-related cases have been identified in South Africa since the last report, Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize said in a statement on Monday night.

The cumulative number of Covid-19 cases in South Africa now stands at 1 513 959. A total of 1 168 new cases were identified yesterday.

The total number of tests conducted to date is 9 090 273, with 12 794 new tests recorded since the last report.

A further 84 Covid-19-related deaths (52 on Sunday) have been reported: North West 36, Western Cape 21, Gauteng 19, Northern Cape 6 and Eastern Cape 2. The Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and Mpumalanga recorded no deaths.

The total number of deaths now stands at 50 077. The total number of recoveries are 1 431 336, representing a recovery rate of 94.5%.

Commenting on the vaccine rollout, Mkhize said the number of healthcare workers vaccinated under the Sisonke Protocol is 73 047 as of 6.30pm today.

Teachers are not at a higher risk of infection in their jobs than people in other professions, data released by Britain’s Office for National Statistics said on Monday, ahead of a planned reopening of schools in England next week.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has prioritised the reopening of schools as he plots a route out of England’s third national lockdown. They are set to reopen on March 8.

Britain’s Office for National Statistics found no statistical evidence of a difference between school staff testing positive for coronavirus antibodies, compared with the wider working-age population in the same local authorities.

“Early findings suggest that school staff were not at higher risk of infection than working age adults in the wider community, but also that there are some Covid-19 infections in schools,” said Sinéad Langan, professor of Clinical Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

“There is always a potential for transmission and it’s difficult to say if infection is occurring in schools or in the wider community.”

A total of 20.3 million people have received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine in the UK, official data released on Monday showed.

Meanwhile, the Finnish government declared a state of emergency on Monday due to rising Covid-19 infections, a step that would allow the Nordic country to shutter restaurants and to impose other measures to blunt the pandemic.

The decision comes as new variants contribute to a sharp rise in infections in the country, which has already closed its borders. The state of emergency would also allow the government to further shut schools and limit movement between regions.

Cases in SA rise by 1 862 as 41 809 vaccines are administered

The latest COVID-19 figures have been released. According to the Health Ministry, 1 862 new cases were identified in South Africa. As of today, the death toll stands at 49 523 with recoveries at 1 422 622.

The total number of vaccines administered is 41 809.

BREAKDOWN OF NEW CONFIRMED COVID-19 CASES

As per Health Minister Zweli Mkhize’s report, 1 862 confirmed cases were identified during the past 24 hours (998 on 23 February 2020). Unfortunately, we also lost 110 patients to COVID-19-related illnesses.

As per the report: 5 patients from the Eastern Cape passed away, 61 from the Free State, 12 from Gauteng, 7 from KwaZulu-Natal, 7 from Mpumalanga, 1 from Northern Cape, and 17 from Western Cape.

At the time of publishing, the Health Ministry recorded 8 967 460 cumulative COVID-19 tests, of which 34 510 were done during the past 24 hours: 14 357 at public facilities and 20 153 at private facilities.

NEW CASES, DEATHS AND RECOVERIES BY PROVINCE

The confirmed COVID-19 cases per province is as follows:

Province Total Cases in South Africa Total Deaths Total Recoveries Active Cases currently
Eastern Cape 193 773 11 269 182 074 430
Free State 79 641 3 195 69 709 6 737
Gauteng 403 074 9 547 389 529 3 998
KwaZulu-Natal 327 760 9 539 308 491 9 730
Limpopo 61 697 1 840 58 677 1 180
Mpumalanga 70 511 1 241 67 983 1 287
North West 60 541 1 126 56 260 3 155
Northern Cape 33 705 664 30 750 2 291
Western Cape 276 746 11 102 259 149 6 495
Unallocated 0

COVID-19 UPDATES FROM AROUND THE WORLD

ASTRAZENECA-OXFORD VACCINE UPDATE

Middle East: Jordan has reimposed an all-day curfew on Fridays to stem the spread of coronavirus as cases rise, officials said Wednesday, 24 February 2021.

Ukraine launched a nationwide campaign to inoculate its population against the coronavirus, following delays that sparked anger against the government in one of Europe’s poorest countries.

Slovakia: A team of five doctors and nine nurses arrived in Slovakia from Romania on Wednesday to help combat what is currently the world’s highest Covid death rate.

France may need to impose new local restrictions to deal with a worsening COVID-19 situation as it scrambles to avoid a new national lockdown, a government spokesman said Wednesday.

United States: President Joe Biden’s administration is set to distribute 25 million cloth masks starting from next month as part of efforts to defeat the pandemic, White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Jeff Zients said Wednesday.

GLOBAL STATISTICS

At the time of publishing, COVID-19 is affecting 219 countries and territories. The global caseload stands at 112,945,635, with the death toll at 2,503,415 and recoveries at 88,539,425.

The US is the worst-affected with 516,403 deaths from 28,940,131 cases. After the US, the hardest-hit countries are India with 156,742 deaths from 11,046,432 cases, and Brazil with 248,646 deaths from 10,260,621.

Russia has 84,430 deaths from 4,200,902 cases while the UK recorded 121,747 deaths from 4,144,577 cases. South Africa is currently 16th on the list, preceded by Iran, Poland, Mexico, Argentina, Columbia, Germany, Turkey, Italy, Spain, and France.

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