Even as the spread of the Covid 19 virus has shaken the worlds economy, South Africa as a nation has been badly affected, deaths of thousands have been recorded and more victims still laying on hospital beds awaiting recovery. The NICD has more bad news for South Africa this Thursday afternoon.
The agency reported on Wednesday that 2,967 new cases of Covid-19 had been identified in South Africa, bringing the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2,889,298.
While vaccination coverage is increasing due to a steady supply of vaccines, South Africa has not vaccinated the majority of the adult population, said Dr. Michelle Groome, director of public health, surveillance and response at NICD.
About 30% of the adult population has received at least one dose of the vaccine, and in the coming months we must prioritize the spread of the vaccine, especially to those at risk of severe COVID-19 disease and those with comorbidities. Masks, social distancing and hand hygiene will remain key prevention strategies until vaccination coverage increases, he said in a statement Wednesday.
The 7-day national moving average of the daily number of cases, the percentage of positive results and the percentage of tests continued to decline, with permanent declines observed in all provinces.
According to the agency, this increase corresponds to a positive rate of 7.0%.
Most of today's new cases are from KwaZulu-Natal (23%), followed by the Western Cape (20%). Eastern Cape accounts for 12%; The Free State and Gauteng Province each accounted for 11%; Tanjung Utara contributed 8%; Northwest represents 7%; Mpumalanga contributed 6%; and limpopo accounted for 2% of new cases today.
Gauteng, Limpopo and northwest provinces have left a third wave according to the current definition of a wave. There has also been a steady decline in hospital admissions and deaths from Covid-19 in all provinces. The trend is encouraging, but we shouldn't be taking precautions, Groom said.
The country has also recorded 124 Covid-19-related deaths, for a total of 86,500 deaths to date. 17,452,783 tests were conducted in the public and private sectors.
In the past 24 hours, there was an increase of 142 hospital admissions, the institute said.
We are all advised to observe all safety protocols and ensure that our home remains safe from infection. I case you feel unwell or start exhibiting any symptom of the Covid 19 virus, don't hesitate to seek help from the nearest hospital, get tested and vaccinated to avoid endangering yourself and the lives of your loved ones.
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