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Government to look at new lockdown restrictions for South Africa

Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said that the government will have to review lockdown restrictions in South Africa as the country sees a spike in Covid-19 infections.

On Wednesday (23 December), the country reported 14,046 new Covid-19 cases, taking cumulative cases to 954,258. An additional 411 Covid-19-related deaths were reported.

The coronavirus continues to spread exponentially and the rate of spread is much faster than the first wave.

“We must warn South Africans that we will need to review the current restrictions and consider further measures to ensure that we curb this alarming rate of spread,” he said.

Mkhize said that all provinces, with the exception of the Eastern Cape, continue to report an increase in their number of cases. KZN, the Western Cape, and Gauteng reported the largest increase in cases – comprising 81% of the total new cases reported.

“Therefore it will be important for us to evaluate the situation, identify hotspots in these areas and make recommendations based on these findings and the outcomes of what has been implemented in the hotspots that have been identified so far,” Mkhize said.

The warning comes after the UK government announced new travel restrictions for South Africa due to the detection of a second variant of Covid-19 in the country.

In a statement on Wednesday (23 December), the UK’s Health and Social Care secretary Matt Hancock said that the restrictions would take effect immediately and that flights to South Africa will stop. He added that anyone in the UK who has been in South Africa in the past two weeks must quarantine immediately.

“As part of our surveillance, and thanks to the impressive genomic capability of the South Africans, we have detected two cases of another new variant of coronavirus here in the UK.

“Both are contacts of cases who have travelled from South Africa over the past few weeks,” he said.

Hancock said that the UK was grateful to the South African government for the rigour of its science, and the openness and the transparency with which it has acted.

“This new variant is highly concerning because it is yet more transmissible and it appeared to have mutated further than the new variant that has been discovered here,” he said.

COVID-19: 8,166 new cases and 173 deaths in SA

There’s been another dramatic increase in the number of daily coronavirus infections in South Africa; this time 8,166 new cases were picked up over the latest 24-hour cycle.

They bring the number of known infections in the country since the start of the outbreak to 836,764.

Gauteng still accounts for most of these cases, followed by the Western Cape and then the Eastern Cape.

The health department has also confirmed that 173 more people have died after contracting the virus, pushing the death toll to 22,747.

So far, over 756,000 people have recovered.

WATCH: Mkhize: Expect faster rise in COVID-19 cases in second wave

Covid-19: SA sees 2,302 new cases

There have been 2,302 new COVID-19 cases reported over the past 24-hour cycle in South Africa.  Fifty-eight more COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing the total death toll in the country to 21,535. South Africa’s recovery rate is at 93%.

At the same time, pressure is intensifying on the Western Cape’s health system as COVID-19 cases continue to increase.  There are now just over 10,000 active cases in the province.

Provincial Head of Health doctor Keith Cloete said they had a three-way challenge at hospitals. He said the increase in coronavirus cases were competing with trauma and alcohol related cases as well as services that had been reintroduced that had been delayed.

“It’s a three-way competition for the same hospital resources; if we’re going to increase COVID-19 resources then we have to decrease alcohol and trauma resources.”

Speaking about the field hospitals, Cloete said the Brackengate and the Freesia ward in Lentegeur could accommodate about 400 patients but said there were also other plans in the works.

Premier Alan Winde said provincial government would be getting tougher on people who did not adhere to COVID-19 safety regulations by using law enforcement in a different way.

“I’ve asked them to look at what are different mechanisms on roadblocks, liquor inspections, clubs and pubs.’


New Covid-19 cases in SA

A total of 2 514 new Covid-19-related cases have been identified in South Africa (2 888 yesterday) since the last report, with the cumulative number of cases rising to 759 658.

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said on Thursday 115 more Covid-19-related deaths have been reported (123 yesterday): 43 in the Eastern Cape; 23 in the Free State; 23 in Gauteng; 9 in KwaZulu-Natal; 2 in Mpumalanga 2; and 15 in the Western Cape.

This brings the total number of deaths to 20 671. Of the 115 deaths, 24 reportedly occurred in past 24 hours: 10 in Eastern Cape; 1 in Gauteng; 4 in KwaZulu-Natal; and 9 in the Western Cape.

The number of recoveries now stand at 702 544, which translates to a recovery rate of 92.6%. The cumulative number of tests conducted to date is 5 214 036, with 24 456 new tests conducted since the last report.

Data supplied by the Department of Health

Western Cape health officials are concerned about an increase in Covid-19 cases in the province as the Garden Route pushed up the infection rate this week.

Health department head Dr Keith Cloete said the latest data showed an increase in cases in all Cape Town districts as well.

During a media briefing on Thursday, Dr Terence Marshall, health cluster lead for the Garden Route, said George and Knysna led the upward climb in infections and had 1 102 active cases between them.

More than 55.93 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 1 343 584​ have died, according to a Reuters tally.

Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019.

Covid-19 News: Africa Reports Over 1,577,213 Recoveries

As of November 08, the confirmed cases of Covid-19 from 55 African countries have reached 1,870,224. Reported deaths in Africa have reached 44,845 and 1,577,213   recoveries.

South Africa has the most reported cases – 734,906, with deaths numbering 19,789. Other most-affected countries include Morocco (252,185), Egypt (108,692), Ethiopia (99,201), Tunisia (69,543) and Libya (67,039).

The numbers are compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University using statistics from the World Health Organization and other international institutions as well as national and regional public health departments.

Covid-19 Cases in Africa

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