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Covid-19 update: No fatalities reported in SA in 24 hours

There have been no deaths in the country in the past 24 hours, the health ministry said.

The department reported 16 deaths, of which 0 occurred in the past 24-48 hours. This brings the total number of fatalities so far to 99,625.

“Due to the ongoing audit by the National Department of Health (NDoH), there may be a backlog in the number of reported deaths from Covid-19,” it said Tuesday.

The country has also reported 1,436 new cases of Covid-19, bringing the total number of lab-confirmed cases to 3,686,556.

This increase represents a 5.5% positivity rate, the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD)a division of the National Health Laboratory Service, announced.

The majority of new cases today come from Gauteng (35%), followed by the Western Cape (23%). Kwa-Zulu Natal accounted for 18%; Eastern Cape accounted for 6%; North West accounted for 5%; Free State and Mpumalanga each accounted for 4% respectively; Limpopo accounted for 3%; and Northern Cape accounted for 2% of new cases today.

23,285,855 tests have been conducted in both the public and private sectors.

There has been an increase of 46 hospital admissions in the past 24 hours.

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More than six million people have died from Covid-19

More than six million people worldwide have died from Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic, according to official sources compiled by AFP on Tuesday.

A total of 6,003,081 people have succumbed to the virus, AFP counted at 1100 GMT.

The milestone comes as infections and deaths continue to fall in most regions of the world, except Asia, where Hong Kong is experiencing its worst outbreak ever, and Oceania, where New Zealand has recorded a rise in cases.

The average global daily number of deaths in the past seven days has fallen to 7,170, down 18 percent in a week, continuing a trend since the peak of the Omicron wave in early February, despite many countries easing restrictions.

The United States has recorded 960,311 deaths from the coronavirus, followed by Brazil at 652,341 and India at 515,210.

While much of the world is learning to live with the disease, China remains committed to eradicating it and has instructed Hong Kong to pursue a zero-tolerance approach as well.

Hong Kong has launched controversial plans to test all 7.4 million residents and build a network of isolation camps. The number of weekly infections in the city has doubled in a week to 290,987, while the death toll has more than tripled to 1,543.

In regional terms, Europe – which is broadly defined by the World Health Organization and includes Russia, Israel and countries in the Caucasus and Central Asia – currently reports the highest number of cases.

It was also responsible for nearly two-fifths of the world’s deaths last week.

Countries with the highest death rates relative to their population were Hong Kong at 20.58 per 100,000 population, Latvia (6.42), Georgia (5.89), Denmark (5.13) and Hungary (5.04).

AFP’s total is based on Covid-19 deaths reported by national health authorities.

The World Health Organization believes the true figure could be two to three times higher.

Additional reporting by AFP

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