SA Covid-19 infections on the increase once again

SA Covid-19 infections on the increase once again

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has reported 2 846 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours leading to Wednesday evening.

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The latest increase represents a 13.4% positivity rate, the highest since South Africa was in the fourth wave.

Gauteng accounts for the majority of the new cases, with 194 new infections.

“The majority of new cases today are from Gauteng (46%), followed by KwaZulu-Natal (23%). Western Cape accounted for 17%; Eastern Cape accounted for 6% and Free State accounted for 3%. Mpumalanga and North West each accounted for 2% respectively; Limpopo and Northern Cape each accounted for 1% respectively of today’s new cases,” says the NICD in a statement.

The National Department of Health reported a backlog of Covid-19 mortality cases, due to the ongoing audit exercise by the department.

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The department reported 16 Covid-19 related deaths and of these, 8 related fatalities occurred in the past 24 – 48 hours.

This brings the total fatalities to 100 211.

There has been an increase of 68 hospital admissions in the past 24 hours, with 2 138 people currently receiving Covid-19 treatment in both public and private health facilities.

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