“These concerning figures represent the highest number of daily cases and positivity rate recorded since January 2021,” the NICD said.
ANOTHER SPIKE IN COVID-19 CASES FOR GAUTENG
The latest figures also come as the NCID announced recently that the country technically entered a third wave of COVID-19 infections – and as additional lockdown measures have come into effect.
Gauteng once again recorded the lion’s share of COVID-19 infections, with 7 859 of the cases being picked up in the province.
“The Northern Cape, Free State, North West and Gauteng Provinces are officially in a third wave, with the remaining five provinces seeing sustained increases in the number of cases. The majority of cases reported today are once again from Gauteng (59.3%)”
The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD)
On another grim note, COVID-19 continues claiming more lives in the country, with an additional 136 people having been reported dead over the past 24-hour cycle – this puts the toll to 58 118.
In light of the rising figures, the NICD has reiterated its call for people to exercise the necessary preventative measures, so as to avoid a further spread of the respiratory disease.
“Citizens should remain vigilant in following Covid-19 preventative measures by wearing a mask that covers both the nose and mouth, practicing healthy hand hygiene – through washing and/or sanitising – maintaining physical distancing of at least 1.5m and limiting social interactions as much as possible,” the NICD said.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
#COVID19 UPDATE: A total of 43 442 tests were conducted in the last 24 hrs, with 4 424 new cases, which represents a 10.2% positivity rate. A further 93 #COVID19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 56 170 to date. pic.twitter.com/UyFFt7eWSy
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.
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.
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.
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.