Source: SABC News
South Africans will be greeted with terrible news this morning as the government considers reenacting National State of Disaster laws in response to the significant surge in Covid-19 positive cases. If caution is not exercised, a statement could be issued this weekend.
According to the National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NICD), a component of the National Health Laboratory Service, South Africa has discovered 1,538 new cases of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours. This results in 3,725,177 laboratory-confirmed cases, or a positive rate of 6.2 percent.
Gauteng (39 percent) and KwaZulu-Natal (28 percent) accounted for the majority of new Covid-19 cases today (24 percent ). The Western Cape has a share of 23%, the Eastern Cape 6%, and Mpumalanga 3%. A total of 2% came from the Free State and the North West. Today's new instances were from the Northern Cape and Limpopo, accounting for less than 1% of the total.
We are concerned that the number of reported deaths is significantly lower than the real number, and that there may be a backlog of Covid-19 deaths due to the Ministry of Health's current assessment. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recorded 15 deaths yesterday, with seven of them occurring during the prior 24 to 48 hours.
So far, a total of 100,067 people have died. In the public and private sectors, 23,947,309 tests were conducted. In the previous 24 hours, there have been 34 more hospitalizations.
Despite President Cyril Ramaphosa's announcement on Monday that all legal restrictions relating to the Covid-19 outbreak will be lifted, we remain hopeful that the worst is behind us and that only brighter days lay ahead. Now is the time to finish the job and build our economy, generate jobs, and improve our level of living. It's time to get better.
Since the epidemic, South Africa's ailing economy has worsened, with unemployment reaching a new high of 35.3 percent in the final three months of 2021. While the pandemic is not yet over, we may be confident that we are in a better position now than we were 750 days ago.
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