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SA has 36,492 active cases of Covid-19



On Monday, South Africa registered 36,492 active cases of Covid-19, 1,151 of which were in the last 24 hours.

This brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 3,659,698. This increase represents a positivity rate of 7.4%, the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD), a division of the National Health Laboratory Service, announced this.

Most new cases today come from Gauteng (40%), followed by Northwestern and Western Cape, each accounting for 17%. Kwa-Zulu Natal accounted for 9%; Mpumalanga accounted for 7%; Free state accounted for 4%. Eastern Cape and Limpopo each accounted for 2% respectively; and Northern Cape accounted for 1% of new cases today.

“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 137 deaths and of these, 7 occurred in the last 24-48 hours. This brings the total number of fatalities to date to 98,804,” the NICD said.

22,896,483 tests were conducted in both the public and private sectors.

There has been an increase of 42 hospitalizations in the past 24 hours.

These are the latest developments in the Covid-19 crisis:

– England scraps isolation –

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announces that the legal requirement to self-isolate after a positive Covid test in England will end on Thursday, along with all other pandemic legal restrictions.

Access to free home test kits will also stop from April 1, he adds.

– Canadian emergency ‘not over’ –

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau defends his use of emergency powers to end weeks-long trucker-led protests over Covid restrictions, warning; “This state of emergency is not over yet.”

– Vaccine pass for Hong Kong –

Hong Kong is set to launch a vaccine-pass scheme this week, officials say, as hospitals grapple with an Omicron-fueled outbreak and the financial center sees record departures.

– Djokovic is back –

Novak Djokovic’s season, derailed in January when the world number one was deported from Australia for the Open, is finally starting in Dubai.

– More than 5.8 million dead –

According to an AFP tally compiled from official sources on Monday, the coronavirus has killed at least 5,884,689 people since the outbreak broke out in China in December 2019.

The United States has recorded the most Covid deaths with 935,335, followed by Brazil with 644,286 and India with 512,109.

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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