Over 11 000 new Covid cases recorded in South Africa

Over 11 000 new Covid cases recorded in South Africa

As predicted by South African scientists, the daily Covid-19 cases in the country have shot up to over 11 000 since the emergence of the new Omicron variant. 

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The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) released a statement on Thursday night, saying that 11 535 new infections were identified in the last 24-hour cycle. 


This represents a 22.4% positivity increase. 


Forty-four deaths were recorded. 


KwaZulu-Natal confirmed 630 new cases. 

Gauteng, which accounted for the majority of infections, recorded over 8 000. 

"The majority of new cases today are from Gauteng (72%), followed by Western Cape (6%). KwaZulu-Natal accounted for 5%. Limpopo, Mpumalanga and North West each accounted for 4% respectively; Free State and Eastern Cape each accounted for 2%. Northern Cape accounted for 1%," the NICD said. 


Hospital admissions went up by over 270. 


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