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Covid-19 update: 1,867 new cases reported in SA

South Africa has identified 1,867 new cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases to 3,688,423.

This increase represents a 6.5 positivity rate, the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD)a division of the National Health Laboratory Service, has announced.

The majority of new cases today come from Gauteng (37%), followed by the Western Cape (26%). Kwa-Zulu Natal accounted for 15%; Free State, Mpumalanga and Northwest each accounted for 5% respectively; Eastern Cape accounted for 4%; Limpopo accounted for 3%; and Northern Cape accounted for 1% of new cases today.

“Due to the ongoing audit exercise by the National Department of Health (NDoH), there may be a backlog of reported Covid-19 deaths. Today, the NDoH reports 13 deaths and 10 of those occurred in the past 24-48 hours. This brings the total number of fatalities to date to 99,656,” the NICD said.

23,314,522 tests have been conducted in both the public and private sectors.

There is an increase of 60 hospital admissions in the past 24 hours.

Covid-19: Latest Global Developments

– Pandemic not over yet: UN –

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says the pandemic is not over and could be extended further due to the “outrageously uneven” distribution of vaccines.

– Austria ends mandatory injections –

Austria suspends mandatory vaccinations for all adults and says the pandemic no longer poses the same threat just weeks after becoming the first European Union country to pass such a law.

– Hong Kong calms fears –

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam says mandatory population-wide testing is no longer a priority after fears of a strict Chinese-style citywide lockdown sparked panic.

– Six million dead –

According to an AFP tally based on official sources on Wednesday, Covid-19 has killed at least 6,011,769 people since the outbreak broke out in China in December 2019.

The United States has recorded the most Covid deaths with 961,935, followed by Brazil with 652,829 and India with 515,355.

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

Additional reporting by AFP

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