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Thousands of new Covid-19 infections, dozens of deaths and hospital admissions

On Wednesday, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) reported an unusually high number of new Covid-19 infections and deaths associated with Covid-19.

The institution stated in a statement that it had received reports of 4,406 new infections. This increase is a result of a 15.8% increase in the rate of positive.

"A backlog of Covid-19 fatality cases may exist as a result of the national department of health's ongoing audit effort. The NDoH reports 65 fatalities today [Thursday], five of which occurred during the last 24 to 48 hours. This brings the total to 100,276," the NICD announced on Thursday.

In response to the high positive rate, NICD executive director Prof Adrian Puren stated, "The public should take caution in interpreting the results because test patterns may change." Gauteng's wastewater detection monitoring, an early warning signal, indicates an increase."

Gauteng had the highest number of instances, accounting for 49% of all cases. KwaZulu-Natal accounted for 22% of the population, followed by the Western Cape at 15%. 5% came from the Eastern Cape. Limpopo and the Northern Cape each contributed for 1% of today's new cases; the Free State, Mpumalanga, and North West each accounted for 2% of today's new cases.

The NICD reported an increase in Covid-19 hospitalizations over the last 24 hours, with 66 admissions documented.

"We have found a minor increase in Covid-19 hospitalizations in Gauteng, the Free State, and KwaZulu-Natal, but no increase in Covid-19 hospital mortality," observes Dr Waasila Jassat, lead of the DATCOV Covid-19 national hospital surveillance at the division of public health monitoring and response.


https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/south-africa/2022-04-21-thousands-of-new-covid-19-infections-dozens-of-deaths-and-hospital-admissions/

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