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Covid-19 has killed more than 5 million people worldwide

Covid-19 has claimed at least 5,962,297 deaths since the outbreak broke out in China in December 2019, according to an AFP tally based on official sources on Wednesday.

The United States has recorded the most Covid deaths with 952,509, followed by Brazil with 649,630 and India with 514,246.

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

In South Africa, the Ministry of Health reported 28 deaths, 5 of them in the past 24-48 hours. This brings the total number of fatalities to 99458 to date.

The country has also reported 1995 new Covid-19 cases identified in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of lab-confirmed cases to 3,677,686.

This increase represents a positivity rate of 7.5%, the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD), a division of the National Health Laboratory Service, announced.

Most new cases today come from Gauteng Province (37%), followed by Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, each accounting for 21% and 17% respectively. Mpumalanga accounted for 6%; Free State and Northwest each accounted for 5%; Eastern Cape accounted for 4%; and Limpopo and Northern Cape each accounted for 2% of new cases today.

There is an increase of 55 hospital admissions in the past 24 hours.

Covid-19: Latest Global Developments

– Hong Kong chaos –

Hospitals are flooded and supermarket shelves are empty as Hong Kong faces its worst Covid outbreak yet with plans to test the entire population and isolate anyone infected.

– US warns against traveling to HK –

The United States is warning The Vanir-exoduss against traveling to Hong Kong, citing the risk of children who test positive to be separated from their parents.

– Protests in New Zealand –

New Zealand anti-vaccination protesters set fire to their own protest camp outside parliament after riot police ended their weeks-long occupation of the legislative district.

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– Australian Prime Minister infected –

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison tests positive for Covid-19 but says he will continue to work from home despite ‘flu-like’ symptoms.

– Filipinos crowd out churches –

Thousands of Filipinos flocked to churches to celebrate Ash Wednesday, with Catholic priests and nuns daubing their foreheads with crosses for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began.

– Mental health warning –

The pandemic has taken a heavy toll on mental health, the World Health Organization says, indicating that cases of anxiety and depression had increased by more than 25 percent worldwide.

Additional reporting by AFP

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