South Africa has 34,023 active cases of Covid-19 on Friday, with 2,111 new cases in the last 24 hours.
This brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 3,669,671† This increase represents a positivity rate of 8.4%, the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD)a division of the National Health Laboratory Service, has announced.
The majority of new cases today are from Gauteng (37%), followed by Western Cape (24%). Kwa-Zulu Natal accounted for 17%; Mpumalanga accounted for 6%; Free State accounts for 5%; Northwest accounted for 4%; Eastern Cape accounted for 3%; and Limpopo & Northern Cape were each responsible for 2% 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 127 deaths, of which 3 occurred in the past 24-48 hours. This brings the total number of fatalities to date to 99,145,” the NICD said.
23,020,001 tests have been performed in both the public and private sectors.
These are the latest developments in the Covid-19 crisis:
– Hong Kong prison breakout –
The Omicron virus is spreading through prisons in Hong Kong, where 200 inmates are infected with hundreds of political activists and protesters held behind bars.
– Iraq struggles with virus –
Vaccine-skeptical Iraq is battling the virus. More than 95 percent of patients in the intensive care unit of a major hospital in Baghdad remain unharmed.
– Red deeper into the red –
English football giants Liverpool report a second consecutive financial loss from Covid, with the Premier League club losing £4.8 million ($6.4 million).
– Nearly six million dead –
Covid-19 has killed at least 5,925,534 people since the outbreak broke out in China in December 2019, according to an AFP tally compiled Friday from official sources.
The United States has recorded the most Covid deaths with 944,831, followed by Brazil with 647,390 and India 513,226.
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