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Opinion: People need to take care of themselves Coronavirus is back and killing

A coronavirus is a kind of common virus that causes an infection in your nose, sinuses, or upper throat. Most coronaviruses aren't dangerous.


THE Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 5,959* confirmed cases of Covid-19. As of 8 am today, 640 Covid-19 patients are hospitalized, of which 121 are in ICU. National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), a division of the National Health Laboratory Service, continues to provide laboratory-based surveillance to inform the public health response towards COVID-19 in South Africa.

ay the institute reports 789 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2,928,288. This increase represents a 2.8% positivity rate. As per the National Department of Health, a further 7 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 89,562 to date. The majority of new cases today (Friday) are from Gauteng (65%), followed by Northern Cape (7%)," said the NICD.

North West and the Western Cape each accounted for 6% of new Covid-19 cases; KwaZulu-Natal accounted for 5%; Mpumalanga accounted for 4%; the Free State accounted for 3%, and the Eastern Cape and Limpopo each accounted for 2%.


The increase in influenza in the summer, which is not the typical time for the influenza season, is likely the result of the relaxation of non-pharmaceutical interventions to control COVID-19, combined with an immunity gap due to influenza not circulating for two years (2020 and 2021) in South Africa (as a result of these interventions),” adds Prof Cheryl Cohen, Head of the CRDM. She stresses that the influenza vaccine remains the primary means for preventing seasonal influenza infection and should ideally be administered before the influenza season from March to April.



Thank you for your interest and remember that adhering to the following preventative measures helps to limit your risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19.


1. Getting vaccinated for COVID-19


2. Wearing your mask properly to cover your nose


3. Opting to gather in ventilated spaces


4. Avoid unnecessary gatherings


5. Keeping a social distance of one meter or more


6. Washing your hands regularly in the day with soap and water


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