2,650 news cases, another seven deaths reported – The Citizen

South Africa has identified 2,650 new cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), announced a division of the National Health Laboratory Service.

This brings the total number of laboratory confirmed cases to 3,798 413. This increase represents a positivity rate of 21%, with a seven-day mean at 20.7%.

Most of the new cases today come from Gauteng (51%), followed by Kwa-Zulu Natal (23%). Western Cape accounted for 13%; Free State accounted for 5%; Mpumalanga accounted for 3% respectively, Eastern Cape and North West each accounted for 2%; Limpopo and Northern Cape accounted for 1% of new cases today, respectively.

The country has also reported seven deaths and of these, five occurred in the past 24 to 48 hours. The total casualties to date remain at 100,370.

24,505,584 tests were conducted in both the public and private sectors.

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In the last 24 hours, hospital admissions have increased by 32.

‘No choice’: Shanghai residents sent out of town during Covid crackdown

In the middle of the night, Shanghai resident Lucy said she and her neighbors were forced to board buses and taken hundreds of kilometers from the Chinese metropolis into a makeshift quarantine center.

Most of Shanghai’s 25 million residents have been confined to their homes for weeks as the city battles a major Covid epidemic. Hundreds of thousands of virus-positive people have been taken to makeshift facilities as China does not allow them to quarantine at home.

But some residents who tested negative told AFP they were also forced to leave their homes and taken to fields outside the city, a few hundred kilometers away.

“The police told us there were too many positive cases in our complex and if we continued living here, we would all be infected,” Lucy told AFP, using only her name for privacy reasons.

“We had no choice.”

He said the virus-negative group was sent to a quarantine site containing hundreds of prefabricated one-room cabins in neighboring Anhui province, 400 kilometers away, and that it was initially unclear where they were going.

Lucy added that she doesn’t know when she will be able to go home.

The AFP spoke to other Shanghai residents who said healthy and virus-negative people in some housing complexes were sent to other provinces for quarantine.

One said his neighbors protested and refused to join.

Another from the city’s Jing’an district told AFP that she was taken, along with dozens of people from her housing complex, to a one-room quarantine center in Anhui late at night.

“We have all received calls from the neighborhood committee stating that because there are too many positives in our complex, the negatives must be transferred to the hotel for isolation,” the resident told AFP, preferring to remain anonymous.

He said they “felt terrified” to see temporary housing and “lost faith in the Shanghai government.”

extreme measures

Shanghai was subjected to a patchwork of different restrictions on Monday as new cases of the virus dropped to around 7,000, with 32 deaths.

City authorities imposed a three-tier “freedom” system, although strict local enforcement still seemed to restrict most residents within complexes or neighborhoods.

China’s relentless pursuit of a zero-Covid policy has left many Shanghai residents in trouble.

The Shanghai government did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

According to Yanzhong Huang, a senior fellow at the New York-based Council on Foreign Relations, officials at the business center are likely under more pressure than elsewhere to achieve “community-wide zero-Covid” – meaning no broadcast outside of the country. quarantine centers.

“When they face heavy pressure from above to reach zero-Covid targets, these heavy and excessive measures become more likely.”

“Moving negative people could be seen as a preventative strategy, with the expectation that more positive cases can be found if they stay there,” Huang added.

Chinese officials are routinely sacked after the virus outbreak for alleged failures to control Covid.

Tens of thousands of close contacts of virus cases have been quarantined in neighboring provinces, according to the official Xinhua news agency.

But there was no mention in the official media of the transfer of negative cases.

Shanghai authorities faced widespread criticism after initially announcing four-day gradual lockdowns in different parts of the city that were not lifted.

In recent days, high metal barriers have been erected around some closed complexes, as part of measures described as a “hard block”.

by Vivian Lin, with Laurie Chen in Beijing

AFP additional reporting

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