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Number of cases increased in the last 24 hours as 89 deaths were reported

On Wednesday, February 16, the cumulative number of Covid-19 cases detected in South Africa was 3,648,968 with 3,699 new cases identified. National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) confirmed.

This represents a 9.7% positivity rate.

89 COVID-19 related deaths – 7 of which occurred in the past 24 to 48 hours – were reported, bringing the total number of deaths to 97,520.

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There were 78 hospitalizations in the past 24 hours.

The total number of recoveries was 3,513,078 with a recovery rate of 96.3%. The country currently has 38,370 active cases.

A total of 22,762,117 tests have been conducted to date in both the public and private sectors.

The total number of vaccines administered in the country so far stands at 30,779,273 as of February 16.

provincial division

The majority of new Covid-19 cases came from Gauteng (1,328), followed by Western Cape (636) and KwaZulu-Natal (458).

Northwest (338) followed, while Mpumalanga and Free State registered 317 and 237 new cases respectively.

Limpopo registered 176 cases followed by Eastern Cape (143) and Northern Cape (66) had the lowest cases for Sunday.

Global developments

Xi’s Hong Kong Order

Chinese leader Xi Jinping tells Hong Kong it must take “all necessary measures” to contain an Omicron-fueled outbreak a day after the city’s leader, Carrie Lam, imposed a hard China-style lockdown had ruled out.

Canadian truck drivers dig in

Trucker-led protesters occupying the Canadian capital show no signs of pulling out despite a new state of emergency granting broad powers to end their weeklong protest against Covid rules.

As border control convenience

Canada is easing controls and rules for travelers at its borders as the Omicron wave peaks there.

Record Business in New Zealand

New Zealand infections hit an all-time high as anti-vaccine protesters claim victory after police failed to clear vehicles blocking streets around parliament in a Canadian-inspired stalemate.

Dutch people are getting back to normal

The Netherlands drops almost all restrictions, the last European country to try to return to normal despite still high Omicron infections.

Babies safer with jab

Babies born to fully vaccinated mothers were about 60 percent less likely to be hospitalized with severe Covid, a new official US study says.

French debt warning

France’s public accounts watchdog is warning about the state of the country’s finances after President Emmanuel Macron pledged to spend “all it takes” to save the economy from the virus.

More than 5.8 million dead

The coronavirus has killed at least 5,836,026 people since the outbreak broke out in China in December 2019, according to an AFP tally compiled Wednesday from official sources.

The US has recorded the most Covid deaths with 925,560, followed by Brazil with 639,689 and India 509,872.

Taking into account the excess mortality from Covid-19, the WHO estimates that the true death toll could be two to three times higher.

Additional reporting by AFP

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