The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) says there are 2,267 (7.5% positivity) new cases of Covid-19 in the country. At least 30,419 tests have been conducted in the past 24 hours.
On Saturday, the national health ministry reported 319 deaths, nine of them in the past 24-48 hours, bringing the total number of fatalities to date to 98,617.
NICD is a division of the National Health Laboratory Service and has been monitoring the Covid-19 outbreak since the start of the pandemic.
As of Friday, February 18, the cumulative number of Covid-19 cases detected in South Africa is 3,654,824 with 2,800 newly identified cases. NICD confirmed.
At the same time, Vice President David Mabuza warned South Africans that Covid-19 remains a death sentence, even as the country has seen a gradual decline in new daily cases and daily death rates.
He spoke in Mpumalanga on Friday in his capacity as chairman of the inter-ministerial committee Covid19 vaccines.
†[We] must recognize that COVID-19 will stay with us for the foreseeable future,” he said.
Hong Kong said Friday it would delay electing the city’s new leader and prepared to test its entire population for Covid-19 as it struggles to tackle a wave of infections.
China’s financial center is currently in the throes of the worst-ever outbreak of the coronavirus, with thousands of cases being registered every day, with hospitals reaching breaking point and a Beijing-mandated zero-Covid policy collapsing.
A small committee of Beijing loyalists was set to elect the city’s new president in late March, with the nomination period for candidates starting Sunday.
But current leader Carrie Lam announced on Friday that the selection must now be shifted to May 8.
“The decision is due to Hong Kong facing the worst situation since the pandemic began two years ago. It’s a critical situation,” she told reporters.