The National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) said 1,456 new cases of Covid-19 have been identified in South Africa in the past 24 hours.
This brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases in South Africa to 3,658,547, representing a 7.2% increase in the positivity rate.
More than 22 million tests have been carried out in both the public and private sectors since the first case was registered in South Africa, with 30,419 tests carried out on Saturday Covid-19 update.
New cases in South Africa
The most new cases of Covid-19 – about 39% – were reported in Gauteng, followed by Western Cape at 20% and Kwa-Zulu Natal (KZN) at 12%.
The Northwest accounted for 9%, while Mpumalanga accounted for 7%, the Free State for 5%, the Eastern Cape and Limpopo for 3% each, respectively.
Only 2% of the latest influx of new cases was recorded in the Northern Cape. The 7-day moving average is 8.0%, which is 0.1% lower than Saturday’s data.
backlog of fatalities
The National Department of Health reported 50 deaths, but only one death was recorded in the past 48 hours, bringing the total death toll to 98,667.
The discrepancy in the data is due to a backlog of reported Covid-19 deaths; the health department conducts an ongoing audit to clear the backlog.
Meanwhile, new lab experiments from Japan show that the BA.2 subvariant can be just as serious as older variants of Covid-19, including the Delta variant.
Like Omicron, the BA.2 variant appears to largely escape the immunity created by vaccines, and may be resistant to some treatments, such as sotrovimab.
The findings were posted on Wednesday as a preprinted study on the bioRxiv server, before peer review.
Global Covid-19 Updates
Queen Elizabeth II tested positive for Covid-19 on Sunday, 12 days after Prince Charles — who also tested positive — visited his mother in Windsor.
Buckingham Palace said her symptoms are mild and she plans to continue with “light duties in Windsor” for the next week.
In Canada, the authorities have issued the latest Freedom Convoy Demonstrators in the trucker-led protests that brought downtown Ottawa to a standstill on Friday.
More than 100 protesters were arrested and 20 vehicles were towed. No injuries were reported, according to interim Ottawa police chief Steve Bell.
Hong-Kong city election postponed to appoint a new leader as another wave of infections rages through the population.