Gauteng accounts for over 3 000 new Covid-19 cases

Gauteng accounts for over 3 000 new Covid-19 cases

South Africa continues to record a sharp increase in the number of new Covid-19 cases – since the first patients tested positive with the new Omicron variant.

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The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) reported another sharp rise in the last 24 hours up to Tuesday evening, with 4 373 new cases confirmed.

Gauteng recorded 3 143 of these new infections – accounting for 72% of new infections nationwide.

Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, each account for 6% of the new cases, while Limpopo and North West accounted for 5% respectively.

A total of 42 664 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours.

The institute says the latest increase represents a 10.2% positivity rate.

An additional 21 Covid-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 89 843.

There has been an increase of 119 hospital admissions in the past 24 hours, with 2 414 people currently admitted in both public and private health facilities.

On the vaccine front, 175 395 jabs were administered in the last 24 hours.


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