South Africa has identified 3,237 new cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), announced a division of the National Health Laboratory Service.
This brings the total number of laboratory confirmed cases to 3,844,625. This increase represents a positivity rate of 18.7%.
Most of the new cases today come from the province of Gauteng (52%) followed by KwaZulu-Natal (20%). Western Cape accounted for 11%; Eastern Cape and Free State accounted for 5%, respectively. Mpumalanga, North West and Northern Cape accounted for 2% each respectively; and Limpopo accounted for 1% of new cases today.
The country also reported 10 deaths and of these, 4 occurred in the past 24-48 hours. This brings total casualties to 100,533 to date.
“Due to the ongoing audit exercise by the National Department of Health (NDoH), there may be a backlog of reported Covid-19 mortality cases,” the NICD said Monday.
24,693,273 tests were conducted in both the public and private sectors.
There has been an increase of 67 hospital admissions in the past 24 hours.
Dr Owen Kaluwa of the World Health Organization has called on South Africans to vaccinate urgently as the country approaches a new record of Covid-19 positivity rates during the fifth wave.
talking with CityPressDr Kaluwa said the scientists “predicted this would happen around this time.”
Kaluwa said the debate on whether or not we are in the fifth wave is not the focus. ” Instead, the new infections on the rise should cause people to get vaccinated.
“What is important now, given the growing number of infections, is that those who are not vaccinated do so urgently. This includes those who are partially vaccinated, “he said.
That said, we still have a long way to go before we reach the peak of the delta variant when hundreds of people die every day and hospital admissions have reached an average of 16,000 per day.
Additional reporting by Cheryl Kahla