New daily Covid-19 cases climb over 20 000 mark

New daily Covid-19 cases climb over 20 000 mark

The number of new Covid-19 cases in the country continues to soar as a result of the more transmissible Omicron variant and with all provinces now in the fourth wave.

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Statistics released by the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) on Thursday show that the country’s new Covid-19 infections rose to 22391 cases over the 24 hours.

This is a representation of a 29.8% positivity rate.

Gauteng still remains the country’s epicentre, with 11 791 new cases recorded.

The province is followed by KwaZulu-Natal at 2 756 cases recorded and the Western Cape province at 2 194 new infections.

Despite the high number of new cases, the number of Covid-19 related fatalities remains low. 

Only 22 Covid-19 related deaths were recorded in the 24 hours leading up to Thursday evening. 

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