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Covid-19 update: 785 new cases identified in the last 24 hours

South Africa has identified 785 new cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 3,674,042.

This increase represents a 5.7% positivity rate, the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD), a division of the National Health Laboratory Service, announced this.

According to the NICD, most new Covid-19 cases today come from Gauteng Province (41%), followed by KwaZulu-Natal and Western Cape, each representing 20% ​​respectively. Mpumalanga accounted for 6%; Free State and Northwest accounted for 5%, respectively; Eastern Cape accounted for 2%; Limpopo and Northern Cape were each responsible for 1% of today’s new cases, respectively.

“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 183 deaths, and of those 0 occurred in the last 24-48 hours. This brings the total number of fatalities to 99,412 to date.”

23,085,457 tests have been conducted in both the public and private sectors.

There has been an increase of 29 hospital admissions in the past 24 hours.

Covid-19 cases in Gauteng

The total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Gauteng on Feb. 27 stands at 1,192,584, with 1,164,881 recoveries and 20,571 deaths, the health department announced Monday.

As of February 27, a total of 8,834,248 Covid-19 vaccinations were administered in the province, with a total number of vaccinated individuals at 5,404,028 and fully vaccinated individuals at 4,544,122.

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“All persons aged 12 years and older are encouraged to visit their nearest vaccination site to receive the shot. Vaccinating 70% or more of the adult population will minimize the impact of the coronavirus. This will also help us get back to the things we love, such as safely attending sporting, cultural, religious and entertainment events of our choice,” the department said in a statement.

Individuals 18 years and older who have received one dose of J&J vaccine can now receive a booster dose of the J&J or Pfizer vaccine after two months. Those who have had two doses of the Pfizer vaccine can receive a booster dose of the Pfizer or J&J vaccine 90 days after the second dose.

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