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3,056 cases, 435 deaths confirmed

As of Thursday, February 17, the cumulative number of Covid-19 cases detected in South Africa is 3,652,024 with 3,056 newly identified cases. National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) confirmed.

This represents a positivity rate of 8.8%.

435 COVID-19 related deaths — 17 of which occurred in the past 24 to 48 hours — were reported, bringing the total number of deaths to 97,955.

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There were 92 hospitalizations in the past 24 hours.

The total number of recoveries was 3,515,196 with a recovery rate of 96.3%. The country currently has 38,873 active cases.

A total of 22,796,653 tests have been conducted so far in both the public and private sectors.

The total number of vaccines administered in the country so far stands at 30,858,874 as of February 17.

provincial division

The majority of new Covid-19 cases came from Gauteng (1129), followed by Western Cape (536) and KwaZulu-Natal (414).

This is followed by Northwest (313), while Mpumalanga and Free State registered 253 and 151 new cases respectively.

Eastern Cape registered 107 cases followed by Limpopo (93) and Northern Cape (60) had the lowest cases for Sunday.

Global developments

Hong Kong’s health system falters

Hong Kong’s hospitals are collapsing under an Omicron-fueled wave of patients shivering on stretchers outside overcrowded wards.

No Olympic infections

The Beijing Olympics organizers say there were no new Covid cases for the first time in the Games’ ‘closed-loop’ bubble, hailing the success of China’s strict approach.

Canada orders truck drivers to leave

Canadian police are issuing an ultimatum to protesters who have blocked the streets of Ottawa for 20 days from leaving the capital, as provincial and US state leaders call for an end to the cross-border vaccination requirement that fueled the trucker-led movement.

‘World better prepared’

The world is getting “better prepared” to tackle future variants of the virus, the CEO and co-founder of German vaccine maker BioNTech tells AFP as the company works on an Omicron-specific injection.

Japan relaxes strict border bar

Japan will relax its strict virus border rules to allow students and business people into the country from March, but tourists will still be barred.

More than 5.8 million dead

The coronavirus has killed at least 5,848,104 people since the outbreak broke out in China in December 2019, according to an AFP tally compiled from official sources at 1100 GMT on Thursday.

The US has recorded the most Covid deaths with 928,519, followed by Brazil with 640,774 and India 510,413.

Taking into account the excess mortality from Covid-19, the WHO estimates that the true death toll could be two to three times higher.

Additional reporting by AFP

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